Technology Planning and Computer Ownership

The availability of dependable, stable, and effective high-speed Internet connectivity and related technologies is vital to the prosperity of South Dakota’s communities in the 21st century. From our larger metropolitan areas to our more remote and isolated locations, South Dakotans depend on high-speed Internet, commonly referred to as broadband, to connect with family and friends, conduct day to day activities and stay competitive in business and enterprise. To help meet the technological challenges of this usage, the State of South Dakota, as part of the State Broadband Initiative, would like to extend the invitation of Broadband Technology Planning services to qualified locations in South Dakota.

The Technology Planning and Computer Ownership program is essential to South Dakotans getting the most from broadband connections and broadband related services.  In many cases, internal network problems can cause the local network to be the weak link between the user’s computer and the World Wide Web.  We want to help South Dakotan’s make the most of their broadband services, and their broadband usage experience.

As a Community Anchor Institution (CAI) in the State of South Dakota, you have the benefit of taking advantage of these services at absolutely no charge to ensure a stable and reliable computing environment.  Upon request, the South Dakota Broadband Technology Planning Team will come on-site to your facility and perform an initial technical assessment to determine the strengths and weaknesses of any technology infrastructure in place. Following the assessment, our team will discuss your desired technological objectives, and help with the creation of an overall plan for your project to guarantee success.  To help facilitate these goals, computer and network equipment discounts are available from vendors on state contract.  A sound technical infrastructure is paramount to getting the most from broadband connections and broadband related services.

For your convenience, there is an abundance of self-help resources built within this website.  In our FAQ's section, you will find answers to questions related to broadband connectivity, computer and application usage and other technical questions. The Knowledge Base includes instructions, training resources, and technical documentation related to network equipment, computers and utilization of broadband services in the South Dakota Broadband Initiative.

In addition, grant funding is available to CAI’s through the South Dakota Broadband Initiative. The purpose of the funding is to purchase equipment and services that lend to improving CAI’s technical infrastructure, all in an effort to improve broadband usage and related services. Please visit the Grant Application section for more information and to access an application.

We will provide on-site consulting services at absolutely no cost to South Dakota Community Anchor Institutions. To submit your request for this, just click the contact us link, or use the contact information below.

 

The South Dakota Broadband Technology Planning Team
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-4165
broadband@state.sd.us