Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010Blog written by Super
SDN Communications broke ground at Vermillion High School last Thursday (September 9, 2010) on a $25 million project that will bring increased broadband access to 305 hospitals, schools, government facilities and public safety offices in more than 75 South Dakota communities. This was the second ground breaking so far this year, with Rapid City being first on the list and Watertown's groundbreaking coming on September 20.
SDN was selected in December 2009 to receive the $20 million grant as part of the Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). SDN’s application was one of the nation’s first 18 funded, making it among the top 1 percent of the telecom companies receiving an award. Vermillion Superintendent Mark Froke and Vermillion Mayor Jack Powell praised SDN for its application saying the result of the work will improve the lives of South Dakotans.
“In a world that has become smaller and flatter, connectivity to other schools and to the World Wide Web prepares our students for anything,” said Dr. Froke. “Most importantly, it prepares our community so we can have an economy that can compete and keep our young people here with opportunity.”
Mayor Jack Powell said: “These advanced technologies will improve services to taxpayers at all levels of local government, but it also delivers a bigger broadband backbone to Vermillion, providing a new economic attraction to businesses interested in locating here.”