Community Anchor Institutions in South Dakota

As part of the National Broadband Plan (Goal #4), of major concern to both the NTIA and the State is the availability of broadband Internet service at locations that are pillars of the community. These community anchor institutions, or CAI’s, include schools, medical facilities, public safety, government offices, and other similar locations.

We hope that through the use of a CAI it will help ensure that citizens, who otherwise lack access, can enjoy the benefits of super-fast broadband at one of these locations.

Goal No. 4 of the National Broadband Plan: Every community should have affordable access to at least 1 gigabit per second broadband service to anchor institutions such as schools, hospitals, and government buildings.

The ultimate benefit to the local citizen is that once community anchors are connected to gigabit speeds, it will become less expensive and more practical to get the same speeds to homes.