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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 17, 2004
CONTACT: Sue Schaefer, (605) 773-3201

"Everything you always wanted to know about Wireless Technology"
to be offered at Spearfish conference

PIERRE, S.D. – The Public Utilities Commission is extending an invitation to all persons interested in learning about wireless technology to join them at the SDPUC-sponsored Wireless Conference in Spearfish, September 27-28, 2004.

"Wireless touches our lives more than most people think about. Our lives are made easier by wireless, from the garage door opener to your baby monitor, to the broadband connection you can get through wi-fi, to the cell phone you rely on every day. We are gathering some of the world's best experts in Spearfish to explore how South Dakotans can take advantage of new and exciting wireless technologies," said FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein who is slated to keynote the conference.

"When we designed this conference, our hope was to attract the average person who might want to learn just what wireless technology is all about," added PUC Chairman Bob Sahr. "We are pleased that so many industry leaders and federal and state regulators have accepted the PUC's invitation to come to South Dakota and share their knowledge."

Industry and regulatory presenters will be on hand to teach participants about the types of technologies that are currently available, and what's coming in the near future. The Public Utilities Commission feels very strongly that local elected officials, economic development people, businesspersons and employees of cities, counties, schools and universities all could benefit from the conference.

"This is such an exciting opportunity to learn about emerging telecommunications technologies," said Vice Chairman Gary Hanson. "We want to stress to people that this conference has something for everyone, not just those well-versed in wireless technology."

"We have sessions that deal with wireless consumer issues and address why this technology is so important to South Dakota," said Commissioner Jim Burg. For those interested in pursuing this technology, different types of funding sources will also be addressed in detail by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Services and the Federal Universal Service Program.

The two-day conference is being held at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Spearfish. For more information or to register for the conference, interested individuals are encouraged to check out the PUC's Web site at or contact them at 1-800-332-1782.