Founded in November 1950, Dickey Rural Telephone was created to bring telephone service to rural southeastern North Dakota. Now, as Dickey Rural Networks, it offers state-of-the-art telecommunications, Internet, and television services through two companies–Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative (the parent company) and Dickey Rural Services. These two companies are marketed as Dickey Rural Networks (DRN).
DRN is working to add to the quality of life of our residential and business customers by offering advanced technologies and local customer service. Our goal is to keep customers connected to an ever-increasing global community. We are proud to be providing fiber-to-the-home in 100% of our service area. Besides providing local telephone service, other services offered through DRN include long-distance service through North Dakota Long Distance; custom calling features; voice-mail; small and large business telephone systems; special circuits; high-speed Internet service; personal Internet security services; wired and wireless network consulting; web design and hosting; business system software design and digital television service.
Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative serves 19 exchanges in seven North Dakota counties and two South Dakota counties. Its Board of Directors, elected to serve a three-year term and represent the different exchanges, governs DRTC.
Dickey Rural Communications, Inc. consists of 9 exchanges purchased from US West in 1996, while Dickey Rural Services, Inc. is the company, which provides high-speed Internet services, as well as web-hosting, web design, and television service.
The most recent acquisition to the company, Dickey Rural Access, Inc., was created to bring DRN’s hometown service and technology to the businesses and residences of the Lisbon and Gwinner exchanges.
In 2010, DRN’s IT department recognized the need of our business customers for managed IT support. ReadiTech was created to do just that. Since then ReadiTech has grown to support current and future clients with being a regional IT and broadband company.
In the fall of 2011, the cooperative members voted to merge Dickey Rural Communications and Dickey Rural Access into the cooperative.
DRN is now marketed as DRN ReadiTech to expand our brand to support the residential and business needs in our territory and beyond.