Noem signs broadband expansion bill

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PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed the bill authorizing one hundred million dollars for broadband expansion. Seventy-five million of that is state money, matched with twenty-five million dollars from the federal government.

Greg Dean, with the South Dakota Telecommunications Association, says there is an application process underway:

Dean says the bill gives companies options to deliver the service:

Dean says the money should be enough to expand high speed broadband across the state:

Dean says the Biden Administration is also making high speed internet service a priority so there may be additional federal funding available.