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SDN broadband stimulus effort hits halfway mark


JULY 19, 2011 - SIOUX FALLS, SD – South Dakota’s largest broadband stimulus effort is halfway through its construction timeline and well on its way to meeting federal timelines in spite of a soggy construction season.

SDN Communications received the $20.6 million grant in December 2009, which was among the first awards in the nation. Environmental regulations kept SDN from starting construction until August of last year, yet it has still achieved milestones, including:

    • Deploying 126 miles of fiber;
    • Touching 105 sites;
    • And expending almost $10 million.

“A snowy winter, wet spring, and summer flooding have certainly challenged the project, but we’re still on track to be two-thirds complete by the end of this construction season,” says SDN CEO Mark Shlanta.

The project stretches across 70 South Dakota communities, bringing high-speed, fiber optic broadband services to anchor institutions – hospitals, schools, libraries, public safety and government offices. The increased bandwidth will help those anchor institutions offer better services to customers, including telemedicine, on-line classes and government services.

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