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South Dakota broadband connectivity map. (Courtesy ConnectSD)

State request for federal money aims to improve dismal rate of broadband subsidy use

BY: - December 29, 2023

Just over two years ago, Congress pumped $14.2 billion into the Affordable Connectivity Program in hopes of connecting more people to high-speed internet.  Eligible low-income households on tribal land can get $75 off their monthly internet bills; those outside of tribal land can get $30 a month. The program also offers $100 one-time payments for […]

Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mike Rounds and Rep. Dusty Johnson attend a forum at Dakotafest in Mitchell on Aug. 16, 2023. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

SD delegation has concerns about extension of internet subsidy program

BY: - December 29, 2023

If Congress renews funding for a program that helps low-income people pay their internet bills — a program South Dakota hopes to lean on to connect more homes to broadband in the coming years — it won’t be the result of vigorous advocacy from the state’s congressional delegation. Sen. John Thune, the ranking member of […]