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  1. Hope, Connection and People: The Top SDN Articles of 2020
    The stories from 2020 certainly reflected the environment of the world, with people adjusting their schedules to stay safe during a global pandemic. But there were also stories of growth and investment, as well as faces of the industry.
  2. 211 Helpline available statewide, launches new app
    The 211 Helpline program that’s often considered the “front door” of the social services system is now available to all South Dakotans thanks to the 2020 Legislative Session. And it couldn't have come at a better time.
  3. Rich Coit says ‘so long’ after 27 years of leading SDTA
    Rich Coit has played an important role in helping rural telecoms across the state to develop broadband connectivity and other telecommunications services for nearly 28 years. He's now moving to the next phase of his life as he retires from the SDTA.
  4. Grants help S.D. make headway to extend lifeline, connect rural areas
    With the help of two years of state and federal grant programs, telecoms serving rural South Dakota are adding nearly $100 million in infrastructure and significantly improving broadband services in underserved areas.
  5. Rural S.D. telecoms are unique - especially one in Kennebec
    Business divisions that operate as part of Kennebec Telephone Co. Inc. can do everything from tuning up a car to digging a grave for a horse.
  6. Long-Standing Leadership Continues to Improve South Dakota Broadband During COVID-19
    In times of uncertainty, SDN Communications has relied on experienced leadership to keep the region connected. Its nine-member Board of Managers has played an integral part in improving communities in South Dakota amid a global pandemic.
  7. Grants will help improve connectivity in rural Davison County
    Ryan Thompson, the general manager and CEO of Santel, was pleasantly surprised – and greatly appreciative - when both of the cooperative’s applications were approved recently as part of Gov. Kristi Noem’s Connect South Dakota broadband program.
  8. Telecoms help bring homegrown talent back to South Dakota
    Our member companies are helping lure experienced professionals back to their home state, a hiring practice that is good for the regional economy as well as employers.
  9. SDN joins effort to spur more housing development in region
    SDN Communications and its 17 member companies across the state, which have been concerned about the issue for several years, have joined with three other regional business organizations to help address the housing crunch.
  10. Upgraded route equipment will help SDN and members grow
    SDN Communications is making substantial progress in upgrading its core transmission routes to serve customers’ future needs. It's going to enable SDN and its member companies to efficiently provide higher levels of broadband services.
  11. State grants help SDN affiliates improve connectivity across S.D.
    It’s extremely important that the state and telecommunications industry continue to close gaps in connectivity that have left some rural areas of South Dakota underserved. A second round of grants from the Connect South Dakota broadband program will help plug some of the holes.
  12. Governor Kristi Noem Announces Broadband Grant Awards
    Governor Kristi Noem announced today that 14 projects have been awarded grants to fund broadband projects to better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota.
  13. Alliance Communications cooperative gives customer-owners $8 million in capital credits checks
    This capital credits retirement from Alliance comes at a very crucial time for a lot of their customers—business owners and residents in rural communities in the region.
  14. Alliance serves growing Brandon community from new office complex
    The Garretson-based cooperative recently opened a new customer service center in Brandon, which is the biggest community the company serves.
  15. Grants helping fill gaps in broadband access in rural S.D.
    Filling a gap in broadband coverage near the state capital of South Dakota might carry symbolic value. However, the real winners in an infrastructure build-out made possible by a state grant will be hundreds of people who live or work in a rural area north and east of Pierre.
  16. Check out telecom display next time you’re in Chamberlain area
    The history of the telecommunications industry in South Dakota is currently one of the featured exhibits in the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain.
  17. Achievements and future of co-ops are worth celebrating
    The locally focused, grass-roots nature of co-ops is celebrated throughout October, which is National Co-op Month in the United States. The theme is “Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community.” Twelve of the 17 telecommunications companies in South Dakota that own SDN Communications are cooperatives.
  18. New Board president expects need for services to keep growing
    Denny Law, the new president of the SDN Communications Board of Managers, expects challenges and opportunities in the telecom industry to keep unfolding rapidly in the future.
  19. Board guides successful, 30-year evolution of SDN
    Three decades of expanding services and market area have altered SDN Communications in a number of fundamental and obvious ways. One interesting, secondary change has been in how competitors perceive the successful company.
  20. State grant to help CRSTTA deliver fiber to the home in Timber Lake
    The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Telephone Authority was awarded a Connect South Dakota Grant under a plan to bring fiber-optic broadband internet to people in Timber Lake.