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Lismore Telephone

For a small business, the Lismore Coop Telephone Company delivers big. The 112-year-old Minnesota company upgraded all of its copper telephone lines to fiber nearly a decade ago and has probided wireless services for nearly 30 years. Read More»

Firewall blocking bad traffic

Businesses spend months, even years, earning their customers’ trust and confidence. Unfortunately, even close relationships can be destroyed in a matter of days. Data breaches are a major culprit. Read More»

10 Reasons to deploy MPLS technology

Network diagram

Through the years, new data-transporting techniques have worked to minimize issues. Multiprotocol Label Switching, or MPLS, is among them. MPLS was created roughly two decades ago and has emerged as the prevailing solution, according to some telecommunications experts. Read More»

Student at laptop - technology in the classroom

U.S. schools have made tremendous progress in connecting students to the internet. South Dakota and neighboring states rank near the top nationally. However, fresh challenges to enhance digital learning opportunities await. Read More»

Zach Ducheneaux Riding A Horse - photo by Chris Dickinson

Think tribal territories don’t have technology? Think again. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority in Eagle Butte stands out, not only locally but nationally. Read More»

Little figurines cleaning a computer circuit board

National Clean Out Your Computer Day, which is the second Monday of every February, is a perfect observation for people like me. Read More»

family using internet on devices

As the state of South Dakota looks to connect all citizens, it should embrace all forms of connectivity, but do so realizing wireless technologies are a temporary fix. Read More»


Data Privacy Day probably didn’t create three-day weekends for many Americans, but the Jan. 28 observation brought welcome attention to cyber issues of growing importance in the United States. Read More»

Women putting together a puzzle

Preparing an ad and running it through Garretson-based Alliance Communications’ TV service turned out to be less expensive than one small business had expected. Running a TV ad in the Brandon region also proved effective. Read More»

Football players ready for the snap

In the past, I’ve compared the objectives of MPLS networks to that of basketball teams. But upon further review, comparing MPLS to football probably makes more sense. Read More»