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Press Release

Governor Kristi Noem Announces Broadband Grant Awards

June 24, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that 14 projects have been awarded grants to fund broadband projects to better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota. In March, South Dakota legislators approved $5 million to continue broadband upgrades through Governor Noem’s Connect South Dakota broadband program. In addition, Governor Noem learned in May that funds would be allocated through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, the stimulus fund created due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

 

“Quality, reliable and affordable internet is more important than ever before,” said Governor Noem. “COVID-19 made clear that distance learning, working remotely and telemedicine are the way of the future. I’m excited these dollars will help close our broadband gap. Though we still have work to do, this is a great start.”

 

The following companies were approved for grants:

 

Alliance Communications

Renner and Rowena

$766,800

 

Beresford Municipal Telco

Beresford

$988,000

 

Faith Municipal Telephone

Faith

$493,163

 

Midco Communications

Belle Fourche

$190,620

 

Midco Communications

Sioux Falls

$286,474

 

Northern Valley Communications (NVC)

Mina

$933,832

 

Northern Valley Communications (NVC)

Redfield

$1,472,831

 

Santel Communications

Rural Davison County Phase I

$983,533.50

 

Santel Communications

Rural Davison County Phase II

$1,056,533.50

 

Valley FiberCom

Flandreau

$455,648.50

 

Vast Broadband

Rapid City

$295,595

 

Vast Broadband

Flyger, Monroe and Volin, Yankton County

$605,755

 

Venture Communications

Hughes County

$2,807,767.64

 

West River Cable Television

McIntosh

$187,250

 

In total, $11.5 million in grants funds was approved for projects totaling more than $30 million on broadband upgrades.

 

“When Governor Noem was elected, she made a commitment to serve the South Dakotans of today and the South Dakotans of the future,” said Steve Westra, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Our students, doctors and entrepreneurs deserve a broadband internet that allows them to compete equally and fairly. These dollars will help make that a reality.”

 

About the CARES Act: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

 

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.

 

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