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PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that 18 new grants have been awarded to fund broadband projects that will better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota. The $26 million in grants announced today will leverage private matching dollars for a total investment of over $54 million in broadband infrastructure statewide, connecting 5,057 households and 252 businesses.
“With this next round of broadband grants, we’re continuing to connect the entire state to high-speed broadband,” said Governor Noem. “Folks in South Dakota shouldn’t have to choose between their career and the way of life in their hometown. We’re making tremendous progress towards this goal, and I appreciate Commissioner Westra’s leadership in getting this accomplished.”
With this round of grants, Governor Noem’s ConnectSD Initiative will have connected a total of 20,564 locations across the state to high-speed internet. Construction on this round is expected to be completed in 2022 and 2023.
“We are pleased this initiative is making significant progress in a short amount of time,” said Commissioner Steve Westra, Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Governor Noem’s vision for South Dakotans of today’s and future generations has never been stronger. I’m thrilled for the investment that’s being made in our rural communities and am excited to see it continue.”
The following grants were approved:
Rural Lincoln and Turner Counties
Ft. Randall Telephone Company
Rural Pennington County
Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative
Lakes Poinsett and Albert and Rural Codington County
James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company
Rural Frederick, Rural Groton, Rural Hecla
Jefferson Telephone Company
Rural Union County
Ellis, Hermosa Area, Mission Hill, NW Yankton and SW Minnehaha County
Rural Big Stone Lake, Rural Codington and Roberts Counties
Rural Turner County
Rural Brookings, Kingsbury and Moody Counties
Rural Beadle and Spink Counties
This round of grants comes shortly after $25 million in CARES Act funds were distributed in March for 24 broadband projects that could be completed by the end of 2021. During this year’s legislative session, South Dakota legislators approved $75 million in one-time state funding to finish connecting the state to high-speed broadband.
Full Connect SD grant details can be found at sdgoed.com/public-records/connectsd/.