USDA ReConnect Grant

Delivering High-Speed Broadband To The Black Hills

The Project:

State-of-the-art, fiber internet is coming to five communities in the Black Hills, thanks to two multi-million dollar federal grants and a significant investment from SDN Communications.

See the map below for the approved routes and subscribe to our ReConnect Newsletter to receive updates on the project.

The Process:

  • Underway: Working with the Black Hills National Forest, State of South Dakota, Lawrence and Pennington Counties on the required permits
  • 2022 Spring: Begin fiber construction
  • Completion Goal: End of 2023
  • 2019 ReConnect Grant - USDA's Project Deadline: May 11, 2025
  • 2020 ReConnect Grant - USDA's Project Deadline: October 15, 2025


2020 ReConnect Fiber Award Map

The Details:

Total Investment: $12.4 million

  • $9.3 million - USDA
  • $3.1 million - SDN Communications

85 Miles of Fiber

  • Average cost: $100,000 per mile

11 Monopoles

  • First-ever broadband monopoles built on South Dakota U.S. Forest Service land
  • Average cost: $250,000 each

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