“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 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.

The Report focuses on the broadband networks and services provided by the 18 rural company members of the SDTA and SDN Communications.

The SDTA Mission
At SDTA, we support the development and adoption of public policies that allow our member companies to deploy and use the newest and best technologies and to provide South Dakotans affordable access to state-of-the-art communications services, including high-quality,  high-speed broadband.