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SDTA and the South Dakota Dashboard release “Connecting South Dakota’s Future: A Report on the Deployment & Impact of Rural Broadband”

Rural South Dakotans have greater access to wired broadband telecommunications services than many of their counterparts across the country, according to a report released today by the South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) and the South Dakota Dashboard. Better than 76 percent of customers who lived outside of the state’s major metropolitan areas were able to subscribe to broadband speeds of 25 MB download and 3 MB upload or higher as of December 31, 2017, compared to 61 percent nationwide. In addition, the Report shows that the States’ rural telecommunications providers are installing fiber optic lines at an accelerating pace, already providing over 65 percent of their customers with fiber to their home or business location.

“This pace of broadband deployment bodes well for rural communities,” says South Dakota Dashboard Project Director and Regional Economist Jared McEntaffer, “because the internet is rapidly becoming a central marketplace for the exchange of goods and services.”

The Report focuses on the broadband services provided by the 18 companies who are members of the SDTA and also broadband network services provided by SDN Communications.