South Dakota has an average statewide internet speed of 23.6 Mbps with 84 percent broadband coverage. It remains the 33rd most connected state in the country due to its large number of underserved population amounting to 29 percent. However, access to the wired connections has definitely progressed over the years with the significant investments made in its broadband infrastructure. The state has about 105 internet providers offering internet connectivity by both wired and wireless means.
25 Mbps wireless broadband has the most amount of coverage amounting to 84.5 percent across the state. The coverage of 100 Mbps broadband is also notable with 72.1 percent South Dakotans having access to the service. The other major service having most amount of coverage is wireline, which amounts to 94.5 percent. Another advantage is the 100 percent mobile broadband coverage enjoyed by the populations of South Dakota.
DSL and cable falls behind the broadband services with coverage of 78.0 and 68.9 percent respectively. However, the 8.9 percent of the population are still covered under the one-gigabit service. Fiber optic services cover about 26.5 percent of the state of South Dakota.
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