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Dickey Rural Networks Earn National Recognition
ELLENDALE, ND – Dickey Rural Networks announced today that one of the most rural and remote regions in the United States has been designated a “Smart Community” in a nationwide competition by NTCA, a telecommunications advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

DRN officials say in a press release that since 2004, the network has invested more than $50 million to install fiber-optic connections to 100% of its coverage area. The company serves 25 telephone exchanges in eight North Dakota counties and seven exchanges in three South Dakota Counties. It’s headquartered in Ellendale, North Dakota.

DRN says the fiber-optic technology allows places such as the Oakes Community Hospital to access high-tech diagnostic devices, including high-definition two-way video, which allows for a higher level of medical care than normally found in a small town.

The announcement was made during a press conference and ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans’ Home in Lisbon on Tuesday afternoon.