Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative (ITC) announced a fiber-optic expansion to the rural 432 and 862 exchange areas of Grant County. According to ITC, the new fiber-optic connection will offer residents and businesses a reliable, unlimited, fiber-fast internet connection, local phone, and TV service.
Tracy Bandemer, ITC’s CEO, says, “ITC has been offering fiber-optic services to in-town Milbank and small subsets of the rural area since 2007. The expansion of our fiber-optic network to the rural 432 and 862 exchange areas of Grant County aligns with the history of our cooperative by bringing cutting-edge technology to underserved rural areas.”
Along with ITC’s investment in the fiber-optic expansion, this project is receiving support from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). RDOF is the FCC’s latest funding source to bridge the digital divide. ITC was also awarded a Connect SD/CARES Act grant from the State of South Dakota. The Connect SD program’s goal is to bring sustainable, high-speed service to every home and business in South Dakota.
“We’re finishing our efforts to connect the entire state to high-speed broadband,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Folks in South Dakota shouldn’t have to choose between their career and the way of life in their hometown. With these projects, more and more South Dakotans won’t have to make such a choice.”
The fiber-optic construction phase is scheduled to start mid-summer, with installations tentatively planned for the end of 2021. The company says requests for service need to be completed by May 31 to maintain the timeline. To verify your location’s eligibility and sign up for service, visit www.itc-web.com or call ITC at 1-888-201-2929.
ITC is a local telecommunications company providing services to communities in northeastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota for over 67 years. Currently, ITC provides service to more than 13,000 customers.