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Governor Kristi Noem Announces 24 Broadband Grant Awards





NEWS RELEASE

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
CONTACT: Natalie Likness, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, 605-773-GOED (4633)

 

Governor Kristi Noem Announces 24 Broadband Grant Awards

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced today that 24 grants have been awarded to fund broadband projects to better connect unserved and underserved areas across South Dakota. In February, it was announced that $25 million in CARES Act funding was made available for broadband projects that could be completed by the end of 2021. Additionally, South Dakota legislators approved an additional $75 million in one-time state funding to finish connecting the state to high-speed broadband.

 

“We’re finishing our efforts to connect the entire state to high-speed broadband,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Folks in South Dakota shouldn’t have to choose between their career and the way of life in their hometown. With these projects, more and more South Dakotans won’t have to makes such a choice.”

 

The following grants were approved:

 

Alliance Communications

Fairview

$209,195

 

Ft. Randal Telephone Company

Wagner, Lake Andes, Keystone, Hermosa, Centerville and Viborg

$3,592,629

 

Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative

Grant County

$1,364,238

 

James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company

City of Groton

$293,927

 

Kennebec Telephone Company

Client Hardware

$55,836

 

Midco Communications

Harrisburg, Rural Tea and Rural Vermillion

$1,052,679

 

Midstate Communications

Oacoma

$190,966

 

Mitchell Telecom

Rural E Davison

$346,273

 

Northern Valley Communications

Brown County, Rural Bristol, Rural Conde

$4,252,653

 

RC Technologies

Big Stone Lake

$849,865

 

Santel Communications Cooperative

Beadle County and Rural Davison

$8,657,456

 

TrioTel Communications

Junius and Fulton

$883,882

 

Valley FiberCom

Rural Brookings and Kingsbury Counties

$1,549,138

 

Vast Broadband

Rural Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Yankton and Turner Counties

$1,457,352

 

Venture Vision

Hand County

$5,768,727

 

In total, $30.5 million in grants funds was approved for projects totaling more than $56.7 million on broadband upgrades. 5,886 households and 377 businesses will be impacted by the grant dollars, meaning 6,263 locations in total will soon have access to broadband internet.

 

“High-speed broadband internet has long been a commodity our rural communities have hoped for, and I’m pleased these dollars are helping make that a reality,” said Commissioner Steve Westra, Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Governor Noem’s steadfast commitment to South Dakotans of today and tomorrow has never been stronger. I’m proud of the work being done to aid in a stronger, brighter South Dakota.”

 

Full Connect South Dakota grant details can be found at sdgoed.com/public-records/connectsd/.

 

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