Published on KELOLAND.com
Article by Angela Kennecke
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications is expanding in Minnesota and Iowa. The communication and broadband services company is partnering with seven independent telephone companies to provide Internet service for business customers. Six of the companies are in southern Minnesota and one is in northern Iowa.
Some of the Minnesota cities that that will be included in the new market area include Albert Lea, Blue Earth, Mankato, Owatanna, Red Wing, Rochester and Winona. Future expansions will include northern Iowa communities onto the network.
“This is SDN’s biggest expansion in more than a decade in terms of territory, in terms of fiber miles, and in terms of business opportunities,” Mark Shlanta, SDN’s chief executive officer, said.
Fiber construction needed to connect the Minnesota companies will begin immediately and is projected to be finished at the end of 2015. SDN will sell the connectivity to businesses.
In addition to SDN companies participating in the deal are:
- AcenTek of Houston, MN
- BEVCOMM of Blue Earth, MN
- Communications 1 Network of Kanawha, IA
- Jaguar Communications of Le Sueur, MN
- KMTelecom of Kasson, MN
- NU-Telecom of New Ulm, MN
- Woodstock Telephone of Ruthton, MN
SDN’s 30,000-mile fiber network reaches from South Dakota into seven other states and connects businesses with metropolitan areas such as Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago and Denver.