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$5.5 Million from USDA for Central S.D. High-Speed Broadband
South Dakota Ag Connection - 10/16/2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $5.5 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in central South Dakota. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

"High-speed internet e-Connectivity allows businesses access to global markets, remote learning for students, and greater access to all kinds of health care," USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe said.

Valley Telecommunications Cooperative Association Inc. will use a $5.5 million grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network to connect 1,561 people, 30 businesses, 185 farms, three essential community facilities and six educational facilities to high-speed broadband internet in Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Kingsbury and Moody counties in South Dakota.

In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to USDA to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America.

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