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PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 20, 2002 - Polycom®, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), a worldwide leader in the convergence of interactive voice, video and data communications, today announced that it has presented its annual Award of Excellence to North Dakota STAGEnet for its continuing commitment to enhancing learning for all of North Dakota's residents through the use of interactive video communications technology. Polycom will present the award to North Dakota Governor John Hoeven during a press conference at 3 p.m., Nov. 20, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.

"This award from Polycom recognizes our commitment to leveraging technology advances to enhance the lives of our citizens," Hoeven said. "Technology is transforming government, business and schools in unprecedented ways. Through the use of our interactive video communications systems, we are providing our students the highest quality of education, regardless of where they are attending school."

North Dakota STAGEnet is a video network that provides high-speed, broadband connections to 192 North Dakota communities and 202 schools for a total of 456 sites. STAGEnet provides video connections to 140 classrooms, with an additional 80 classrooms projected by mid-2003.

"STAGEnet has put tremendous time and resources into its video network, enabling connections and communications between a far greater number of North Dakota's citizens," said Bob Hagerty, CEO of Polycom "Through its hard work, STAGEnet has created a secure and centralized effort that provides interactive video conferencing capabilities to any state agency or education institution in North Dakota, and Polycom is proud to be part of such a successful and far-reaching video conferencing network."

In January of this year, North Dakota STAGEnet facilitated the live transmission over IP and ISDN video of the governor's 2002 state of the state address to audiences all over North Dakota, during which the governor was able to speak real time to students, teachers and businesses located around the state. The state of North Dakota currently has nearly 100 Polycom ViewStation® and iPowerT group video communications systems deployed, as well as three Polycom MGCT multipoint control units, provided by reseller Qwest.

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Eureka and Bell are small schools in Northwest ND who qualify for a T1 internet connection under SB 2043 but do not need this level of bandwidth based on their small student population. The ITD and EduTech worked with these schools to provide an appropriate level of bandwidth at a more reasonable cost than a T1.

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