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Monday, August 23, 2010

First Broadband Stimulus Project Breaks Ground in South Dakota

SDN is First Broadband Stimulus Project to Put Shovels in the Ground
StimulatingBroadband.com 08/23/2010 San Francisco - The South Dakota Network (SDN) today became the first project awarded federal broadband stimulus funds to actually launch construction and installation operations during a ground breaking ceremony in Rapid City.   


Keynoting the ceremony was South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds (R-SD) who broke ground in a media opportunity attended by member companies of South Dakota Network Communications, a cooperative of 17 in-state independent telephone operating companies.


At the SDN Communications ground breaking event, left to right: Max Fainberg, NTIA
Program Manager; Gov. Mike Rounds; Bryan Roth, SDN Communications Board President;
Dr. Scott Eccarius, Rapid City Regional Hospital; Mark Shlanta, SDN Communications CEO.
SDN was 1 of 18 projects to be awarded federal broadband stimulus funds in the first group of award announcements made on December 17, 2009 by Vice President Joe Biden at a media event in Georgia.  The SDN project received a $20.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) of the agency.
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