SD Broadband Grants


To find more information about the grants that invest in the broadband capability in South Dakota you can read more at: http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/south-dakota

Enormous Investment in Broadband Capability in SD

  • Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP, federal Department of Commerce) – projects of significance:

  • South Dakota Bureau of Information & Telecommunications (BIT) - Broadband Data & Development $5,729,415
  • Project serves: South Dakota

    Project Components

    State Capacity Building:

    The project will support the continuation of a state broadband working group. Through this working group, the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) will expand the existing Broadband Advisory Team (BAT) and further coordinate statewide efforts. The BAT will assist the staff in coordinating outreach projects, including broadband technology events and meetings with stakeholders across government, private industry, and the general public.

    Technology Planning:

    The project will support the deployment of technology teams that will initially provide a network assessment to Community Anchor Institutions (CAI) across the state, including, but not limited to, schools and local government institutions. When the awardee undertook this activity on a limited basis, it discovered that these assessments led to a number of simple network configuration solutions that, when implemented, improved the speed of the CAIs’ broadband services. For interested CAIs, the team will also provide technology strategic planning, network security support and “train-the-trainer” activities, so that the CAI staff has the capacity to provide itself with the ongoing support needed.

    Programs that Support Computer Ownership and Internet Adoption:

    Building on the technology assistance project described above, BIT will initiate a subgrant competition that will be open to the CAIs that complete the Technology Planning program. The subgrants will allow the CAIs to purchase a portion of the equipment or software identified in the assessment. BIT will also provide installation and training support, enabling the CAI to fully manage and use the equipment.

    Data Collection, Integration, and Validation:

    This project was originally funded for broadband planning activities and two years of data collection. In September of 2010, this project was amended to extend data collection activities for an additional three years and to identify and implement best practices.

    Address File Development:

    This project will create a comprehensive geocodable point dataset for the state. The Department of Revenue and Regulation will assist BIT with collecting existing addresses, and will coordinate the datasets through county offices. The counties will receive funding to assist them in creating county-level address files. Gap analysis will be performed on the master list from the counties and missing addresses will be crosschecked against data held by the county office and through 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points. A web portal will be then created to allow stakeholders to see the addresses and to validate information.


  • Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP, federal U.S. Department of Agriculture) – projects of significance:

            In September 2010, RUS completed the awards phase of the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). This report summarizes the             BIP awards made through the BIP program. Here is the report in PDF format if you are interested in RUS award report.

  • TrioTel Communications, Inc (Salem). - $3,704,212 Federal Loan, $8,643,163 Federal Grant.
    This project is fiber-to-the-home project and will provide high speed Internet services in the communities of Canova, Alexandria, Emery, Farmer, Salem and Spencer, South Dakota and surrounding rural areas via an FTTH network. The network will provide service to 1,654 households and 986 businesses , and 127 anchor institutions. The project will create or save 15 jobs.
  • Venture Communications Cooperative (Highmore) - $2,614,957 Federal Loan, $2,614,956 Federal Grant.
    This Project will provide broadband service to households, businesses, and key community organizations that are underserved in the Cresbard, Faulkton, and Orient exchanges. The network will make services available to 749 households, 108 businesses, and 15 anchor institutions. The project will create or save 76 jobs.
  • South Dakota Midstate Communications, Inc. (Kimball) - $2,728,118 Federal Loan, $6,365,610 Federal Grant.
    This project will provide fiber-to-the-home in the Chamberlain/Oacoma exchange with broadband service speeds of up to 1 Gbps. The newtwork will make services available to 1.486 households, 176 businesses, and 28 anchor institutions. The project will create or save 99 jobs.
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe - $195,750 Grant - Technical Assistance
  • Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate - $165,000 Grant - Technical Assistance