Gov. Noem announces advancements in internet access for SD schools

PIERRE, S.D.—  Gov. Kristi Noem announced today that 100% of K-12 school districts in South Dakota now have access to high-speed internet.

The high-speed internet access in the schools is now on par with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FFC) short-term goal of 100 kbps per student. 96% of South Dakota’s public schools meet of exceed the goal to access at least one megabit per second per student in the classroom.

“I am incredibly proud that as a state, we are one of the nation’s top leaders in providing reliable, high-speed internet to our students,” said Noem. “By creating connectivity in the classroom, we arm students with the tools they need to prepare for digital careers and revolutionize the future of South Dakota’s economy.”

According to the release from the Governor’s Office, the increased focus on bringing high-speed broadband statewide is driving efforts to continue upgrading internet connectivity in schools in order to drive innovation in K-12 classrooms and prepare students for success in the workforce.

These efforts have also resulted in the cost of broadband decreasing by 93%, from $16.20 in 2015 to $1.13 in 2019.

“The progress that Governor Noem has made in connecting South Dakota’s classrooms is significant, and we applaud her efforts to ensure that digital learning isn’t just a promise anymore — it’s a reality,” said Evan Marwell, CEO at EducationSuperHighway.

“A gap in broadband internet is a failure to remain competitive,” continued Noem. “In the past six months, the state has committed $5 million to broadband improvement through my Connect South Dakota initiative. We’ve provided online access to 4,800 unserved households and more than 100 businesses. This is only the beginning of our work to bring high-speed internet access to as many South Dakotas as possible. I remained committed to doing everything I can to connect South Dakota to a better, brighter tomorrow. We owe it to our future: our children, the next generation.”

South Dakota school districts can learn more HERE

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