Agriculture Dept. invests $6 million to provide broadband service to rural areas of South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The U.S. Agriculture Department is investing $6 million to provide broadband service in underserved rural areas in South Dakota.
The money is part of the $550 million allocated by Congress to the ‘ReConnect Program’.
SDN Communications will use the six-million to connect 480 homes, 16 businesses and three farms to high-speed broadband in Pennington and Lawrence County.
“The ability to bring broadband to an area like this is so critical,” said Chad Rupe, Administrator for Rural Utility Services. “So that when people go out and they want to vacation, they want to enjoy their lives or they wanna come work. They realize that they can have that quality of life in these types of communities without having to be in the city. I can tell you, I have had to spend some time in the city and I’d much rather be in rural America.”
USDA rural development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in outlying areas.