Broadband Benefits for Consumers

The Internet has already transformed the way we live, work and play. High speed Internet available to everyone in South Dakota promises to make life more livable, businesses more productive, jobs more plentiful, education for adults and our children more available, how we play and prepare for the future. The list continues to opportunities not yet even thought of.

This project will serve to increased access to and use of broadband to better serve our citizens. With broadband everywhere, we know it will enhance the lives of everyone in South Dakota. Here is a list of things we can do with broadband. If you would like to add to the list please tell us your story on how you use the Internet, or use the contact page to give us a quick item we have not listed.

Help us finish this sentence… I use the Internet to… or with the Internet we can….

  • Connect with my friends and family
  • Telecommute (connect to my job from my home office)
  • Be involved in my state government by monitoring the legislative process
  • Watch my grandson play basketball in real-time from 1,200 miles away
  • Listen to concert piano players from the 1800’s
  • Buy my fishing license
  • Collaborate on projects in real-time with other employees
  • Doctors can diagnose patients and consult with experts
  • Patients can do research and be more involved in their own health
  • Complete a university degree online
  • Enables seniors to connect with their grandchildren
  • As a parent I keep on top of my child’s homework and be in contact with their teachers (they might not always like that – but I do!)
  • Our children have access to the same universe of knowledge as any other child in the world
  • Utilize multimedia websites not previously available without broadband
  • Enriched educational websites (video, animation, sound, interactive) only available with broadband help excite students about a topic
  • Enriched educational websites help reinforce concepts learned in class and for some students improve academic grades
  • Shop online
  • I never buy anything without first researching for promo codes, online coupons and discounts
  • Access the official government website of my local city
  • Keeps me informed of what is happening in my city
  • City Commission meeting agendas
  • Review agendas for all City Boards such as (Recreation board, planning board, airport board etc)
  • I can search for and review city regulations
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions
  • I can search and review city ordinances
  • Provide feedback to my government officials
  • Allows me easy method to interact with my local government officials
  • Online feedback forms, direct e-mail to my commissioners
  • …. Please help us add to this list ….