On November 30, 2012, SDN Communications completed construction of South Dakota's largest broadband stimulus effort as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunites Program (BTOP). SDN was one of the few awarded companies to complete the three-year effort on time and on budget.
SDN received the $20.6 million grant in December 2009, which was among the first awards in the nation. Along the way, SDN achieved many milestones, even despite delays caused by flooding and harsh winter weather. Milestones included:
- Deploying 360 miles of new fiber;
- Touching 308 sites;
- Helping build a new telecommunications lab for Mitchell Technical Institute
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.
Watch the video below to see how businesses in rural South Dakota, such as Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, were able to reach more customers because of the BTOP federal stimulus grant:
Visit the BroadbandUSA website to learn more about the three project categories For more information on the BTOP.