The Mapping Project

How does this fit in the SBDD program?
Since accurate data is critical for broadband planning, another purpose of the SBDD (State Broadband Data & Development) program is to gather data twice a year on the availability, speed, and location of broadband services, as well as the broadband services that community institutions, such as schools, libraries and hospitals, use. This data will be used by NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) to update a public searchable, interactive National Broadband Map.

Why collect all of this data?
To determine and track the deployment of broadband communication services across South Dakota for the next five years. The resulting sustainable processes will be used to measure the broadband service technologies deployed, coverage areas, and speeds, displayed in easy-to-understand, statewide Geographic Information System (GIS) maps. These maps are available here.

These publicly available maps will show broadband services available for residents to the census block level along with South Dakota’s Community Anchor Institutions – schools, libraries, medical and healthcare providers, public safety entities, colleges and universities, and other community support organizations. These datasets will be sent to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for inclusion in their National Broadband Map.

Where is the data coming from?

  1. South Dakota Providers:
    • Working with South Dakota’s telecommunications providers, data will be collected about a provider’s service area twice yearly on broadband service availability (both wireline and wireless); broadband service infrastructure and various broadband service options.
  2. Community Anchor Institutions:
    • 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.
  3. South Dakota Citizens:
    • While we are gathering data from the providers and CAI’s it is just as critical for every citizen to get involved in telling us where they are accessing Internet at. Please help by getting involved. At minimal please test your Internet Speeds for us – it is fast and easy to do!

Additional uses of this data.
As part of this mapping project, the State will develop, execute and maintain a sustainable broadband adoption strategy and plan for innovative projects that promote broadband demand. Initiatives will focus on providing broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment and support, particularly among vulnerable population groups where broadband technology has traditionally been underutilized.

The State intends for citizens and their businesses to be able to determine where broadband services exist and to what level these services are provided at their home, business, or community institutions. These maps will be kept up to date to show the expected evolution of broadband services across South Dakota in the coming years.