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Connect SD Broadband

In 2019, Governor Kristi Noem issued a challenge to bring sustainable, high-speed internet to every home and business in South Dakota. The legislature approved a $5 million allocation that launched the Connect SD broadband program, a public-private partnership with a goal of bringing high-speed service to all South Dakotans. Between Connect SD and the federal Reconnect Program dollars, the funding leveraged more than $25 million in broadband upgrades impacting 6,500 homes and almost 150 companies in our state. South Dakota legislators recognized that success and again approved another $5 million for continued broadband development in 2020. Additionally, the State of South Dakota was able to leverage federal CARES monies for underserved areas for educational and healthcare related purposes.

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