Seth Tupper / SDPB

Dewey and Burdock aren’t so much towns as they are placemarks amid the sprawling grasslands of southwestern South Dakota.

Yet even the ranches scattered around those two map dots will soon have high-speed internet.

Denny Law, general manager and CEO of Golden West Telecommunications, announced the project Tuesday.

SD Public Utilities Commission

A tax on internet service ended this summer, resulting in modest savings for South Dakota consumers and big holes in government budgets.

Meanwhile, governments are spending billions to expand high-speed internet access across the country, even as politicians grow increasingly resistant to imposing any internet taxes or fees that could pay for the expansion.

Gov. Kristi Noem welcomed the tax repeal.

Tech Effects Of So Many Working From Home

Mar 12, 2020
SDN Communications

In The Moment ... March 12, 2020 Show 772 Hour 1

So you've been asked to work from home, study from home, communicate with loved ones from home. Does South Dakota have the online infrastructure to help the economy keep going during a pandemic? How do you get up and running with online work or school quickly and efficiently?  Jake VanDewater is vice president of engineering, operations & IT at SDN Communications. He's with us to walk us through some of the basics.   


In The Moment ... August 15, 2019 Show 638 Hour 2

Language is evolving at breakneck speed thanks to the internet, social media, meme culture and more. And researchers are taking notice.

Gretchen McCulloch is a linguist and author of the book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. It's essential reading for anyone who's wondered how to punctuate a text message or from where memes originate.

Jackie Hendry

As the legislative session enters its final weeks, Governor Noem is reminding the public of her priorities for the legislature’s upcoming budget. In an address to the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Noem leads with a commitment to increased broadband service.

Noem says gaps in internet service have cost small towns business opportunities. She says it also puts children in the k-12 school system at a disadvantage.

Old Dominion University

In The Moment ... February 7, 2019 Show 511 Hour 1

A new study of users of rural wireless internet suggests investment in new mobile technology is essential for economic development and quality of life in non-urban regions of the United States.

Researchers from the University of South Dakota and Old Dominion University in Virginia surveyed rural South Dakota residents during the last half of 2018 to get their perception of the coverage capacity and speed of internet access.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... September 12, 2018 Show 420 Hour 2

A special session of the South Dakota Legislature is underway today at the State Capitol in Pierre. Governor Dennis Daugaard called for the gathering of the state's lawmakers to deal with legislation on internet sales tax collection. Lawmakers will also consider requiring the marketplace to pay sales taxes.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports from the State Capitol building.

In The Moment ... August 29, 2017 Show 166 Hour 1

Lee Rainie is the director of internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C.  He's also the former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report.  Rainie speaks at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology today as part of the Black Hills Knowledge Network's Knowledge at Noon Speaker Series.  His presentation is titled "Facts, Public Trust and the Future of the Internet."

SDPB’s Jackie Hendry details the surprising history of Lakota performers in Brussels.

Photo courtesy of Golden West Telecommunications

Today even some of the most remote corners of South Dakota have electricity and phone service.  Many of us take it for granted, but in past decades these utilities were not a given.

FCC News, Fantasy Sports And April Fools' Day

Apr 1, 2016

Tech Radio host Kent Osborne and panelists Amos Aesoph and Jeff Litterick discussed plenty of news regarding the Federal Communications Commission on today's program.  The FCC is receiving pushback after a 3-2 approval to advance a proposed rule imposing strong privacy regulations on internet service providers.  The Commission also voted 3-2 to expand a decades-old phone subsidy program to include broadband internet.

Meanwhile, fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel are suspending contests on college sports indefinitely in all states as part of a deal with the NCAA.

Black Hills State University

The Judicial Voices Project captures histories of the South Dakota Supreme Court on its 125th Anniversary.  South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson and Judicial Voices Project Director John Glover discussed the genesis and future of the online project as it documents the Court.

iPad Pro, Digital Art And Holiday Gift Ideas

Dec 4, 2015

Kent Osborne and the "Computer Guys" visited about digital art using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, net neutrality, rural internet connectivity and Christmas gift ideas for tech lovers (with more to come in two weeks).

The New Tesla Battery

May 1, 2015

Kent Osborne and Joel Broveleit visited about the Tesla home battery announcement and provided tips for building up your own personal computer.  Today's show also featured a walk-on by SDPB news reporter Kealey Bultena as the "Computer Guys" continued last episode's discussion on "cutting the cord."

As the FCC moves forward with a controversial decision to regulate internet providers in the name of fairness, commissioners must answer to a South Dakotan. In fact all three people who represent the state in Washington D-C say they stand against the agency’s move to expand its power. Yet that doesn’t mean they have the same reason for resistance.

Three members of Congress advocate for the interests of South Dakotans in the nation’s capital, and all three condemn the Federal Communication Commission’s vote to expand its regulatory power to internet service.

Ebay Hack

May 23, 2014

Ebay customers have been encouraged to change their password after the internet auction company's announcement that it had been hacked.  Tech Radio host Kent Osborne and the "Computer Guys" discussed the cyberattack, gaming and selecting the right printer among other issues.

Net Neutrality

May 15, 2014

Net neutrality is the idea that no providers of legal internet content should face discrimination in providing offerings to customers, and that users should have equal access to any legal content.  Today the Federal Communications Commission is expected to publicly release proposed rules about the future of an open internet.  Last month the FCC said it would propose rules that would allow service providers such as Verizon or Comcast to charge more for outfits like Google or Netflix to use higher download speeds while others are stuck in slower lanes.  Critics say this would kill the princip

Facebook Takeover Of WhatsApp And Bitcoins

Feb 28, 2014

Guest host Kealey Bultena, Joel Broveleit, Amos Aesoph, Jeff Litterick, and John T Meyer discussed the latest news in technology. Topics today included one of the largest Internet deals in the works, a new wearable camera that snaps a photo of your perspective every 30 seconds and a major bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy.

Cyberwar: How The Internet Changes World Conflict

Jan 21, 2014

The South Dakota World Affairs Council plans to examine cybersecurity during its annual symposium this Thursday and Friday in the Volstorff Balroom in the University Student Union at South Dakota State University in Brookings.  Michael McNerney, a cybersecurity, information technology and defense consultant, delivers the Harding Lecture keynote address, "Cyberwar: How the Internet Changes World Conflict," Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  McNerney said cybersecurity is a relitively new discipline of national security and can seem very complex.  He'll be discussing current threats, national policies an

Google Glass, Redbox And Tracking Software

Aug 2, 2013

Kent Osborne, host of Tech Radio, and the "Computer Guys," Jeff Litterick, Amos Aesoph, Joel Broveleit and John T. Meyer, visited about Google Glass, tracking software, Black Hat and Redbox among other items.

Summer Tech Tips

Jun 28, 2013

Kent Osborne, Amos Aesoph, Jeff Litterick and Joel Broveleit discuss the latest news in technology. Topics included Internet streaming, how to survive the summer with your gadgets in check and also listeners' calls and questions.

Lon Stroschein is the vice president and general manager of Raven Aerostar. Raven Industries of Sioux Falls is involved in a pilot project with Google designed to provide high-speed wireless internet accessibility to rural, remote and undeserved areas of the world.

@Argus911, Winter Storm, HBO Go

Apr 12, 2013

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" were joined by special guest Cory Meyers of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader as they discussed the use of @Argus911 during the winter storm that hit Sioux Falls and the rest of South Dakota.  They also talked about the evolving web entertainment business including the expansion of HBO Go.

Cloud And The "Woz"

Mar 22, 2013

Kent Osborne and the "Computer Guys" went over the benefits and concerns of the Cloud.  They also talked about using social media and technology to follow the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as well as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's upcoming visit to Rapid City.

Osborne was joined by John T. Meyer, Joel Broveleit and Jeff Litterick.

New State Librarian

Mar 7, 2013

Daria Bossman is South Dakota's new State Librarian.  She talked about her role, the function of the State Library and how libraries have changed to keep up with technology.

Cyber Monday

Nov 26, 2012

Today is "Cyber Monday" and John T. Meyer, Chief Creative Officer for 9 Clouds, a digital marketing and education firm based in Sioux Falls, talks about how the online market has had an impact on traditional brick and mortar retailing.  Meyer also provides advice on keeping your private information safe when shopping online.