Applications open for broadband expansion projects

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) — Applications are now open for broadband expansion projects in South Dakota.

The legislature approved a one hundred-million-dollar investment in expanding highspeed service.

Greg Dean with the South Dakota Telecommunication Association says many of their member cooperatives are interested in the program:

Dean says this could be a landmark moment:

Dean says the program uses twenty five million federal dollars to kick start the expansion

Some projects, using federal dollars, have to be done this year. Dean says the full expansion could take three to five years.