Noem Touting Broadband Expansion Subsidy Program

     South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is lauding her efforts to spend millions of dollars in government funds on providing broadband internet access to revitalize the state’s rural communities. 

       The conservative Republican on Tuesday toured a site near the city of Brandon where a $700,000 state subsidy helped complete a $1.7 million dollar project to get high-speed internet to 170 homes. 

      Although the area is close to Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city, residents say the previously spotty internet coverage had been a headache. 

      Noem said she hopes a new $100 million dollar subsidy program will spur more projects like that statewide.