Seth Arndorfer, CEO, Dakota Carrier Network

Arndorfer is the CEO of DCN (Dakota Carrier Network), a North Dakota fiber optic network owned by 14 independent broadband service providers that serves more than 164,000 subscribers in nearly every community across the state. DCN also provides business technology solutions, including dedicated internet, private mesh networks, cybersecurity services, cloud computing, and co-location at its tier III data centers in Bismarck and Fargo. 

Arndorfer was named CEO in August 2013 by DCN’s Board of Governors which is comprised of CEOs from DCN’s 14 owner companies. His passion for the fast-paced telecommunications industry started in 1997 while working in the sales department at Consolidated Telcom in Dickinson, ND. He joined DCN in 2002 and gained experience in nearly every aspect of the telecommunications business process, including business development, marketing, sales, and management, before taking the helm. 

Under Arndorfer’s leadership, DCN extended its public-private partnership with North Dakota state government, making North Dakota the first in the nation to provide one-gigabit service to all K-12 schools and higher education institutions statewide. DCN has also constructed industry-leading, state-of-the-art tier III data centers in Fargo and Bismarck providing secure environments for co-location and cloud computing services; and collaborated with its 14 owner companies to bring fiber optic connectivity to more than 299 North Dakota communities.

Arndorfer serves on several national boards including Indatel Services Board of Directors, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association’s Futures Task Force, and Mapcom Systems Client Advisory Board. In 2019 he was appointed to the 15-person FCC Precision Ag Task Force, which is focused on reviewing the connectivity and technology needs of precision ag in the U.S. 

Arndorfer has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND, and an Executive MBA from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. A lifelong North Dakotan, he lives in Bismarck with his family.