Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation

U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled, “Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation,” at 1:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, September 5, 2019. This hearing will examine the innovations high-speed broadband services bring to rural America in a variety of sectors such as agriculture, education, health care, and small business. The hearing will also explore the need to bring additional reliable broadband connectivity to rural America.


  • 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 list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Thursday, September 5, 2019
1:30 p.m. CST
Field Hearing
Southeast Technical Institute
(HUB) 2001 North Career Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107

Witness testimony of the hearing will be available on

*Note: Location updated 9/3/19


  • The Honorable Brendan Carr

    Federal Communications Commission
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  • Dr. José-Marie Griffiths

    Dakota State University
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  • Ms. Deanna Larson

    Avera eCARE
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  • Mr. Mark Shlanta

    Chief Executive Officer
    SDN Communications
    Download Testimony (353.83 KB)
  • Mr. Craig Snyder

    Chief Executive Officer
    VIKOR Teleconstruction
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  • Dr. Michael Adelaine

    Vice President for Technology and Security
    South Dakota State University
    Download Testimony (265.54 KB)