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Use of SDN’s network more common than you might think


SDN's Regional Fiber MapSDN Communications’ network of fiber optic access snakes around a multistate region in the Upper Midwest like a system of roadways, reaching into eight states and connecting dozens of communities.

SDN’s spider web of broadband fiber is particularly dense in South Dakota, but telecom service also stretches into seven other states: North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado.

People who live in South Dakota probably use or benefit from SDN’s business-class network multiple times a day, even if they are not a direct customer.

As Chris Nelson, chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, puts it:  “SDN kind of sits in the unknown background and connects South Dakota together, and South Dakota to the world.”

Those are crucial connections that people largely take for granted, and understandably so.

Consumers don’t write monthly checks to SDN. But there’s a good chance their landline phone service uses SDN’s network to connect calls.

Cell phone services are also not truly wireless. When you call someone's cell phone your call goes to the nearest cell tower, jumps onto SDN's fiber and travels to the cell tower closest to the other cell phone user and then terminates on the other cell user's phone.

Sending an email from a smartphone or calling up a website on a laptop computer similarly depends on a superhighway of largely hidden infrastructure.

Banks might use SDN’s network for consumers’ ATM transactions and other data transfers.

Schools and universities throughout the state are directly connected. County offices and state agencies are linked to the network, too.

Meanwhile, SDN’s technology helps improve health care by connecting patient-monitoring equipment in rural hospitals with medical experts in cities such as Sioux Falls.

In addition to health care and banks, SDN customers include other major industries and institutions.

More than 22,000 miles of fiber optics provide state-of-the-art telecom services to businesses of any size, but especially to companies and organizations with multiple locations.

The network securely and dependably connects communities such as Buffalo, Edgemont, New Effington and Jefferson - towns spread over the four corners of South Dakota.

SDN’s network also links commercial hubs such as Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Lead, Aberdeen, Brookings, Watertown, Yankton and Mitchell with the state capital of Pierre and with other regional centers.

With today’s heavy commercial dependence on bandwidth providers and high-speed Internet services, networks such as SDN’s are crucial to economic development and the state’s overall well-being.

With network uptime of 99.999 percent, downtown is virtually a nonfactor.

There just isn’t much reason for consumers to think about SDN when they make phone calls, visit websites or participate in teleconferences.

A lot of businesses and organizations know about SDN and its growing offering of services, however.

The more SDN’s network continues to strategically “spider web” out into the region, the more opportunities SDN will have to provide cost-effective services to businesses and institutions, says Dennis Kautz, vice president of sales and pricing.

“We help connect businesses. That’s what it’s all about,” he says.

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