The digital divide and how to close it was one of the topics of a Senate subcommittee hearing in Sioux Falls last week.
Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths testified that the gap is evident in rural areas of South Dakota.
Griffiths says there are several components needed to bring rural areas up to speed.
President Griffiths says there is a real economic cost in falling behind.
U.S. Senator John Thune chaired the hearing of the Subcommittee on Communication, Technology, Innovation and the Internet.