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Stimulus Effort Reaches Yankton

Posted on Friday, October 29, 2010

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SDN Communications continues to make head way on its Broadband Stimulus Project. Yesterday, SDN kicked off its fiber optic construction in Yankton with a Ribbon Cutting at the Yankton County Courthouse & Safety Center. Yankton is the fourth community to see construction—overall, 75 communities across South Dakota will be reached through the stimulus effort.

Currently, SDN has ten outside plant crews working in Rapid City, Vermillion, Watertown and Yankton. Between construction crews and the engineers who map out the construction, more than 55 workers are employed in the effort.

Yankton City Manager Doug Russell, First Circuit Presiding Judge Arthur Rusch and SDN CEO Mark Shlanta spoke at the event.

"From electronic filings to statewide access to court documents and video arraignment capabilities, the increased bandwidth will improve the court's service to the public not to mention possibly save taxpayer dollars," Judge Rusch said.

Mayor Knoff said: "I'm excited about the economic development potential. The bigger, faster broadband pipes will be a key selling point to businesses looking to locate in Yankton."