Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Sitting has been branded the “New Smoking” for the health risks it potentially causes.   I am not a doctor or medical research scientist.  But I do work in an environment that sitting most of the work day is more of the norm than I would like.  Sitting has been linked with cancer, back and neck pain, cardiovascular disease, obesity and many more conditions.  What are we to do to combat the “new s…


Fire up your Firestick

Happy Holidays Everyone!  This is Tim Steinwand, Customer Experience Specialist here at DRN.  Hopefully you got everything you wanted for Christmas?  Hopefully some of the things were electronic gadgets that will make your life easier or more convenient.  Maybe one of the things was an Amazon Firestick from DRN from our latest promotion.  If so, I wanted to let you know of some of the really cool…


Precaution for Online Holiday Shopping

Every year during the Holiday season stores and manufacturers have countless sales and discounts.  The purchase choices are unlimited around this time of year. I want to cover some precautions and safety recommendations to help protect yourself while shopping online.  Anyone with an email knows that with all the discounts and sales comes a lot of email marketing. Don’t get overwhelmed, there a co…


A Time to Post

Hello again! As of today, there are only 14 days left in 2018.  Yikes.  In previous blog posts, I have talked about and the importance of a social media presence.  Also, I discussed across social media.  Let’s not forget that great list of   As we look forward to 2019, let’s take a moment to cha…


Oh How IT Has Grown

DRN has always been proud to be your telecommunications cooperative since 1950, providing voice, video and internet services to our members!  Along with providing traditional services, Dickey Rural Networks, saw the need to diversify while continuing to provide cooperative members with the same stellar traditional services.   This decision was driven out of the need and demand that our business c…


Crown Jewel of the Midwest

Have you ever heard or read something three or more separate times over the course of a few days?  I recently found this happening to me all because of an article shared on Facebook. It got me thinking, “you don’t know what you have until you hear it from an outside perspective”.  The article was titled, “How Did North Dakota Become the Crown Jewel of the Internet in the Midwest?”.  Of course, it…


Capital Credit Checks and Credits Coming Soon

It’s hard to believe but the holiday season is upon us.  It’s a special time where families get together to spend time, share stories and enjoy some great food.  Another great benefit for members in our area is getting a capital credit check mailed out or having a credit applied to your bill so you can have some extra cash to buy yourself or someone else something nice. 

This year, the DRN Boar…


Data Protection

My name is Brandon Huber and I’m a Network Assistant at ReadiTech.  As the newest member of the team I wanted to start with a brief introduction.  I grew up not far from where I live now in Edgeley, ND.  After high school I studied Criminal Justice as NDSU and joined the military after 9/11.  My experience in the Army has gone a long way to shape the person that I am today.  At the end of enlistm…


Are you cyber safe vigilant?

At the end of October, I attended a cyber security conference in Dallas, TX which brought together a national audience of telecommunications providers.  The purpose of the conference was to share ideas and collaborate with each other about how cyber security topics affect the telecommunications industry and to learn how to prepare to face associated cyber security threats being committed on netwo…


Going south for the winter?

Are you going South for the Winter? Maybe an extended vacation? Wondering what to do with your telecommunications services?

It is as easy as calling the DRN office and speaking with one of our customer service reps.  They will be able to place your service on vacation for up to six months. A…


Leaving Windows 7 Behind

If you love your Windows 7 computer and have been putting off taking the leap to Windows 10, you’re not alone.  According to the website Windows 7 still has a 40.9% share of all desktop computers, while Windows 10 only has a 37.4% share.  Windows 10 was released about 3 years ago and while it has been steadily making gains, some people have been reluctant to let go of Window…


Streaming OTT Video

Do you stream OTT Video? Are you asking yourself what is OTT video?  Look no further. My name is Michelle Schroeder, marketing specialist at DRN and ReadiTech and I will try to answer these questions for you.

So, what is OTT?

OTT stands for over-the-top. This term refers to the delivery of movies or TV content via the Internet. This content does not require a traditional subscription to cable…


Virtual Reality

I was first introduced to Virtual Reality (VR) about 2 years ago when my family and I took a trip to Minneapolis and spent a day at the Mall of America. My wife and daughter, who was 6 at the time, went shopping while my 5-year-old son and I wandered off to entertain ourselves. We made our way to the Microsoft store where my son immediately sat down at a gaming PC with Minecraft and three 24-inch…


Too Good to be True?

We’ve all seen the ads that advertise a product or service that seems way too good to be true.  And most of the time that is exactly the case.  Why I am I bringing this up now?  There is a big push by certain satellite providers to provide Internet service around our part of the country.  The offers sound amazing, but make sure you are doing your research and reading the fine print before you dec…


Why do you want to work for us

We are hiring - Join the DRN/ReadiTech Team!

You might have noticed a few different job openings posted on our websites, social media platforms, newspapers and other outlets.  We are excited to add new talent to our team!  You might also have been asked, “Why do you want to work for us” or something similar in an interview.  I’m going to give you some answers to that question specific…