UPDATE: Thune talks 5G Network

South Dakota US Senator John Thune brought the committee chairmanship of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to the Sioux Falls Carnegie Town Hall on October 12, 2018 to talk about 5G internet heading our way.

This video is the post hearing press conference where we were asked by the Senator’s staff to make sure we joined in the fun.

It was difficult to record the actual meeting because the new media systems in Carnegie failed, big time, and the media was NOT happy.

South Dakota US Senator John Thune invited six local and national leaders to Sioux Falls in the hope of drawing attention to the speed and reliability of the next wave of internet.

As the committee chairmanship of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation This trip to the Sioux Falls Carnegie Town Hall on October 12, 2018 appeared to be a way to show off how technically savvy Sioux Falls in the hope to talk about the 5G internet heading our way.

The first thing he ran into was a brand new overpriced substandard audio / video system many of us tried to make sure met the needs of the Carnegie Town Hall Chamber. The video and audio are not high quality because the $290,792 spent forced Cameraman Bruce to use a directional microphone and record the most of the hearing from the overhead screen. It’s the best we can do when given crap to work with?!?

Our previous administration left us a great raspberry to show the world we needed him?

As Congressional committee hearings go, it was timed and orchestrated (except for the equipment failures) to allow the patient presenters give their testimonies.

Brendon Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.

Mayor Paul TenHaken, Sioux Falls, SD

D. Jose-Marie Griffiths, Pres. Dakota State University, Madison, SD

Robert Fisher, Sr. VP., Fed. Gov. Affairs, Verizon, Washington, DC

Justin Forde, Sr. Dir. Gov, Relations, West Fargo, ND

Mark Shlanta, Chief Executive Officer, SDN Communications, Sioux Falls, SD


#1 JKC on 10.13.18 at 11:33 pm

I have a great idea, lets bring the cancer causing G5 to southeastern South Dakota, then Sanford can open a whole new research wing dedicated to cancer caused by G5 technology; that way the establishment will look like it is doing something for economic development, while at the same time caring about its people.

Folks, the lack of political sophistication in this state is the reason why they want to bring G5 to South Dakota as one of the first test areas; because the backers know the risks, but they also think we are a bunch of push overs, too:


#2 Warren Phear on 10.14.18 at 12:20 am

thune is also stuck on stupid when it comes to driverless cars. Me? Not at all interested. Here is just one reason.


#3 anonymous on 10.14.18 at 12:03 pm

Isn’t our new 194k IT Director (with the h.s. diploma) in charge of this?

#4 scott on 10.14.18 at 1:08 pm

our new it director is here to “lead”. not to actually know anything about technology.

#5 D@ily Spin on 10.14.18 at 2:21 pm

5G is with other than 900 MHz. frequencies. In other words, you can’t use your present cell phone. You’ll also discover it’s not available except for a few population centers. In other words, don’t buy a $2K 5G phone and expect promoted improvements. Wait 5 years for the right affordable equipment and service area to be like the super salesmen promise.

In other words, wait till they drain the swamp before buying property in Florida.

#6 JKC on 10.14.18 at 2:34 pm

You know what they say, “Stay in school and get your diploma….”

#7 anominous on 10.15.18 at 1:16 pm

hope the DSU team is working on it. That’s only fair.

#8 JKC on 10.15.18 at 1:29 pm

If not, we will get the “Team” on it right away….. Say speaking of that, when is Jackley going to hold an other press conference about the findings from the cell phone company subponeas, which weren’t available, yet, during the initial banana republic preemptive political press conference held in the final days of the Sioux Falls mayoral race?


#9 Ljl on 10.15.18 at 1:49 pm

Why was a fargo guy in this meeting?

#10 l3wis on 10.15.18 at 1:52 pm

anom – wouldn’t it have been funny if during the presser afterwards the DSU president would have been standing next to TenHaken and a reporter asked, “Madam President, does the school allow students to do doxing excersises for congressional candidates?”

#11 l3wis on 10.15.18 at 1:53 pm

Not sure if anyone watched the full hearing, but boring as f’ck. The only thing I really got out of it was that right now it costs about $35K to put up a ‘backpack’ receiver and $27K for the EPA to conduct a study of the site.

#12 l3wis on 10.15.18 at 2:03 pm

LJL, I think that guy was with Midco.

#13 JKC on 10.15.18 at 2:36 pm

“fargo guy?”


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