COOPERATIVE: What’s in a name?

  • Date: January 22, 2018
  • Author: Robert Johnson - CEO/GM

Every so often I need to pinch myself when I reflect on the fact that I work for the oldest telephone cooperative in ND.  Established in 1950, DRN maintains a fiber optic network to provide essential and advanced telecommunication services to the residents of south central North Dakota.  Or as I like to say:  The Deep South, of ND.

Big deal you say?  It is a real big deal when you consider the overall impact that Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative has on the economy in the communities we serve.  By-definition a “Co-Operative” is: a jointly owned enterprise engaging in the production or distribution of goods or the supplying of services, operated by its members for their mutual benefit, typically organized by consumers or farmers.  Simply put, you own DRN and your dollars stay home.  A very big deal!

Why would I pinch myself?  Because I work alongside a group of fellow employees and with an elected Board of Directors that are totally committed to the cooperative way.  Recent examples would be the board’s decision to pay out $2 million dollars in capital credits by yearend 2017.  The board also approved moving our video platform to digital.  With this they expanded the number of free set top boxes per household to 3 and offered a free router to members for a better internet experience.  The hidden cost to the cooperative is over $1 million dollars. Along with the router upgrade, approval of your bandwidth speeds have been increased for a better experience when using DRN internet for your ever changing needs.

When it comes to Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative my glass is half-full.  I see the member equity continue to grow, I see a commitment to invest in the future with continued plant investments, I see a Board of Directors that puts the members first in each and every decision, and I see a group of employees that make a difference when serving your needs both on the job and in our communities. 

Pinch me!