Governor Noem, Legislature, committed to building out broadband infrastructure in South Dakota

July 13, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As federal officials debate investing billions of dollars in broadband access, South Dakota is planning to invest $100 million to extend reliable internet service to every corner of the state.

Data shows that in about half of South Dakota’s counties, broadband access is available to at least 88% of residents.

Yet in about half of the state, no more than 28% of households actually have high-speed access.

That helps explain why the Legislature and Gov. Kristi Noem have set aside $100 million to help the broadband industry build out its infrastructure.