Noem announces launch of “K-12 Connect” program

October 28, 2020

PIERRE, S.D.–Governor Kristi Noem has announced the launch of K-12 Connect, a program to provide internet service at no cost to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the remainder of the current school year.

Noem said, “given the unprecedented disruption for many of our K-12 students, we want to make sure there isn’t a gap in learning this year.”

Eligible households will receive a letter this week indicating eligibility and identifying a telecommunications company to call to access free internet service through K-12 Connect.

To enroll, eligible households must call the telecommunications company noted in their letter to set up service.

Providers will install the necessary equipment on a first-come, first-serve basis. Internet service will be provided through June 30, 2021. After that time, the household must return the equipment to the provider or continue services at the household’s expense.