Selling pickaxes to miners is one way to cash in on a gold rush. In the modern-day gold rush that is the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, existing businesses and new businesses are booming thanks to the oil drilling frenzy (some estimate 2,000 wells will be drilled this year). One of the big challenges the existing businesses face is finding staff and, thus, being more efficient with their existing resources is especially important.
Paul Schlichting, manager of the Garrison, ND Cenex service station, explains how a direct fiber optic connection has been critical for dealing with the increase in business and the growth in traffic and new customers. Benefits of the fiber to the service station solution provided by independent broadband operator, Reservation Telephone, includes decreased credit card transaction time, improved security and increased utility by providing high-speed Internet and video. More than a gas station, this facility, which is part of a cooperative, is a meeting place for and a bedrock of the community.
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