Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corp.

Park River, N.D.

Area served: More than 3,939 square miles

Population: 10,966

Technical highlights: Ninety-five percent of the customers are served by fiber, with the remaining five percent scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

Education

Polar supports local K-12 education with annual grants that enable the acquisition of advanced electronics and educational software. At the collegiate level, Polar worked with Mayville State University to create the first “laptop university” in the United States. Polar fiber supports a WiFi network that enables the 1,000 students connect campus-wide.