USDA announces broadband funding, including $17 million for South Dakota

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $759 million in grants and loans to enable rural communities to access high-speed internet.

It’s part of the broader $65 billion push for high-speed connectivity from last year’s infrastructure law.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and White House senior adviser Mitch Landrieu unveiled the grants Thursday.

The funding includes nearly $17 million in South Dakota that will be used to deploy a fiber optic network to provide high-speed internet in underserved areas of Corson and
Dewey counties including the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Reservations.


October 28, 2022