SDN Blog

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»

Bryan Roth, TrioTel Communications

Although TrioTel Communications Inc. serves a relatively small market in South Dakota farm country, its customers enjoy a level of connectivity that companies serving some of the largest cities in the United States cannot beat. Read More»

GIG Service - Drinking From A Fire Hose

Internet providers, including some that serve the Upper Midwest, have been promoting the availability of 1 gigabit service for their residential customers. But do you really need it? Read More»

Golden West Telecommunications - Denny Law, General Manager

Denny Law, chief executive officer of Golden West, jokes that his cooperative doesn’t convene many all-employee meetings. The gatherings would require employees to drive too much. Read More»

Rod Bowar - Kennebec Telephone Company Inc.

Kennebec Telephone Co. Inc. is one of the smallest phone companies in South Dakota. It’s also the most diverse. Read More»

Clear2There Smart Farm

Valley Telecommunications is among the member companies of Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications that has begun offering Clear2there products and services. Read More»

We’d like to see the President make a stronger commitment to maintaining and strengthening existing federal programs that have a proven history of bringing high quality and affordable services to small towns and rural areas. Read More»

Deb Nichols, ICAN

Meet Deb Nichols. Businesses in many communities in eastern South Dakota will likely see Nichols and her colleagues in the coming months. Business operators who don’t see her might want to look her up because she probably can help them. Read More»