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.
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.