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K-12 Connect enrollment deadline approaching

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

CONTACT: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, 605-773-7228, mary.stadicksmith@state.sd.us or

Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, 605-773-2593, ruth.raveling@state.sd.us


K-12 Connect enrollment deadline approaching


PIERRE, S.D. – The deadline to enroll in South Dakota’s K-12 Connect program is Nov. 20. This program provides free internet service to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.


Eligible South Dakota households should have received a letter identifying a telecommunications company to call to access free internet service through K-12 Connect. If a family believes they are eligible but did not receive a letter, they will need to fill out an Eligibility Form.


To be eligible for the program, households must meet all of the following:



Once eligibility is determined, 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.


For more information and to access the Eligibility Form, visit k12connect.sd.gov; email k12connect@state.sd.us; or call 605-773-3248.


K-12 Connect is a partnership of the South Dakota Governor’s Office, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, Department of Education, and participating telecommunications companies.


Telecommunications companies that are participating in K-12 Connect include:


Alliance Communications Cooperative

Beresford Municipal Telephone Company

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority

Faith Municipal Telephone Company

Fort Randall Telephone Company

Golden West Telecommunications

Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative

Kennebec Telephone Company

Long Lines Broadband


Midstate Communications

RC Technologies

Santel Communications Cooperative

Swiftel Communications/Brookings Municipal Telephone

TrioTel Communications

Valley Telecommunications Cooperative


Venture Communications Cooperative

West River Cooperative Telephone Company

West River Telecommunications Cooperative