In South Dakota, approximately 97.10% of the state has internet service with speeds of 15 Mbps available for purchase through internet service providers; however, approximately 27.30% of the state’s residents have little to no internet connection readily available to them. Some of those with limited internet access have dial-up or legacy copper DSL internet service, but their internet is so slow that streaming, video conferencing, online gaming and other activities requiring high-speed internet are out of reach.
Wireless providers reach 100% of the state of South Dakota, but other forms of internet technology are less widely available in South Dakota than in other states. Only 79.10% of the population of South Dakota has access to DSL internet service. Cable internet is available to 73.60%, while only 40.90% have access to fiber internet. Less than 43.30% of South Dakota is served by three or more wired internet providers (DSL, cable and fiber internet).