On September 5, 2019, Senator John Thune, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, convened a hearing entitled “Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation.” In the hearing, witnesses testified regarding “the innovations high-speed broadband services bring to rural America” as well as the continued need for robust broadband connectivity in rural areas. Witnesses include:
  • The Honorable Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President, Dakota State University
  • Ms. Deanna Larson, President, Avera eCARE
  • Mr. Mark Shlanta, Chief Executive Officer, SDN Communications
  • Mr. Craig Snyder, Chief Executive Officer, VIKOR Teleconstruction
  • Dr. Michael Adelaine, Vice President for Technology and Security, South Dakota State University
Witness testimony and video from the hearing may be found here