Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem attended an event outside of Pierre to kick off Venture Communications’ broadband expansion in rural Hughes County. Venture, based in Highmore, will bring internet access to nearly 700 customers in the area. The action comes as a direct result of the Connect SD grants, a project promoted by the Governor to bring businesses, families, and producers access to high-speed internet and further equip the next generation with the tools they need to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
Here is what the Governor has to say:
• Connect SD is a $5 million dollar grant program aimed at expanding internet access to rural areas across South Dakota.
• The event was held at a Venture customer’s ranch that will be one of the first to receive internet as a part of the project.
• This project with Venure Communications will expand high-speed internet access to nearly 700 customers in rural areas.
• This isn’t just about getting access to high-speed internet. It’s about giving the next generation the tools and online resources they need to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
• For broadband in South Dakota, the greatest needs are for funding in some of the outer rings around larger towns that aren’t rural enough to qualify for federal rural broadband dollars, but don’t have the population density of a city.