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Bryan Roth and Ryan Thompson elected to lead SDN Communications

The independent telephone companies of South Dakota re-elected TrioTel Communications General Manager Bryan Roth and elected Santel Communications General Manager Ryan Thompson to SDN Communications' board of managers during its annual meeting last month in Mitchell.

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Roth will serve as president and Thompson will serve as a board member for the next year.

SDN is owned by 17 member telephone companies -- the cooperative, municipal, tribal and family-owned telephone companies in South Dakota. Together, SDN and its owner companies operate a 30,000 mile fiber optic network reaching into eight states. SDN is a business-to-business telecommunications company providing:

• Broadband connectivity among office locations

• Business-class Internet services

• Managed routers, firewalls and remote network monitoring

• Networking equipment

SDN specializes in serving banks, health care, agricultural businesses, government and education.

SDN is governed by nine board members, who are elected annually by the general managers of the 17 owner companies. The entire board includes: Bryan Roth, TrioTel Communications, Salem; Don Snyders, Alliance Communications, Garretson; Randy Houdek, Venture Communications, Highmore; Mark Benton, Midstate Communications, Kimball; Rod Bowar, Kennebec Telephone, Kennebec; Jerry Heiberger, ITC, Clear Lake; Dennis Law, Golden West Telecommunications, Wall; Steve Meyer, Swiftel Communications, Brookings; Ryan Thompson, Santel Communications, Woonsocket.