SDN Blog

Steve Meyer, Swiftel

Swiftel is the business branch of Brookings Municipal Utilities that provides telephone, TV and Internet services to homes and businesses in the city. The telecommunications system might be governed in an unusual style, but it’s effective. Read More»

Beresford Municipal Telephone Company

BMTC currently provides services to about 1,250 phone customers, 700 Internet customers and 625 cable customers. Like other telecommunications businesses, BMTC is adjusting as fewer people use landline phones. Read More»

Jerry Heiberger, ITC General Manager

Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative Inc.’s service area includes some of South Dakota’s most interesting geographic features. Minnesota’s, too. Read More»

Vernon Brown, Amy Klobuchar, Bill Otis

Two US Senators, independent telephone companies and industry leaders are celebrating the launch of an expanded broadband network that now runs across southern Minnesota for the opportunities it will bring to existing, new and future businesses in the region. Read More»

SUE the T-Rex in Faith, SD

The small town of Faith might be best known as the former home of SUE, the Tyrannosaurus rex. A fossil hunter discovered the creature's skeletal remains near the community in 1990. Catherine Bach, the actress who played Daisy Duke in the TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” also spent part of her youth in the area. Read More»

Tools for building in small towns

One of the newest employees hired by Kennebec Telephone Co. Inc. has to drive 40 miles to work, one way, because he couldn’t find a closer home for his family. Kennebec and neighboring communities in central South Dakota don’t have much open housing to offer new residents. Read More»

Mona Thompson / CRST Telephone Authority

Leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority take pride in their business being the first tribally owned telecommunications company in the United States. Read More»

Ryan Thompson, Santel Communications

It’s not unusual for Tony Kinneberg and his student crew to hear from TV viewers in other states or even other countries when they’re broadcasting a Parkston High School sporting event. Remote viewers are especially likely to tap into an online service to view local cable coverage when the school district’s TV channel is carrying a significant basketball game, says Kinneberg, who is the school technology coordinator and a teacher at Parkston. Read More»

Mark Benton, Midstate Communications

Community service is encouraged by example rather than by mandate at Midstate Communications in Kimball, S.D. Read More»

Smart Farm Technologies

The spread of fiber optic connectivity is making farms and ranches in rural South Dakota smarter than ever. Advancements in broadband technology allow farmers to remotely monitor how much grain is in a bin, for example, or check on how much water remains in a livestock tank. Read More»