South Dakota has 2 districts with slow internet - here are the 2 slowest

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October 14, 2022
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South Dakota has 2 districts with slow internet - here are the 2 slowest

Access to high-speed internet in schools has come a long way in the last decade. In 2013, 70% of U.S. schools lacked an internet connection of 100 Kbps per student, the minimum speed the Federal Communication Commission set to meet basic classroom needs. By 2018, fewer than 2% of schools failed to meet that threshold.

As more schools integrate technology into the classroom, the need for fast, reliable internet is even greater. In 2020, the FCC upped the bandwidth minimum to 1 Mbps per student—10 times faster than the previous minimum. Nearly 6 in 10 school districts met or exceeded that benchmark in 2021—a 25% increase year over year, according to an analysis from Connect K-12.

Nearly 28 million U.S. students attend schools where internet speeds do not meet the FCC guidelines.

Stacker compiled a list of school districts in South Dakota with the slowest internet speeds using data from Connect K-12. School districts are ranked by internet speed in Mbps. Ties are broken by the number of students in the school district.

#2. Rapid City Area School District 51-4
- Bandwidth per student: 0.52 Mbps
- Total students: 13,567
- Cost per Mbps: $0.54
- Total monthly cost: $2,699.31

#1. Eagle Butte School District 20-1
- Bandwidth per student: 0.45 Mbps
- Total students: 1,124
- Cost per Mbps: $5.16
- Total monthly cost: $2,579.30

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