Expanding broadband access a high priority in South Dakota

YANKTON, S.D.(WNAX)- A survey from the Center for Rural Affairs found gaps in high-speed internet service in South Dakota.

Thirty three percent of the people who answered said their current service meets their needs and twenty five percent use their mobile devices for their internet.

Senior Policy Analyst Heidi Urlacher says expanding fiber networks should be the priority.

Urlacher says the state has an active program to help providers expand.

Urlacher says the grants are needed to extend the higher speeds into rural areas.

The state estimated last year that over one hundred thirty five thousand people didn’t have access to high speed service.