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SIOUX FALLS — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today delivered the keynote address at the South Dakota Technology Showcase in Sioux Falls. One of Thune’s top priorities as chairman of the Commerce Committee has been to ensure rural South Dakota isn’t left behind when it comes to the technological advancements that have become such an essential part of everyday life in America.

“At the end of the day, however, it is not going to be politicians and regulators who will determine what our digital future holds,” said Thune. “It will be the entrepreneurs and the engineers and the innovators … You all are the ones making that digital future a reality for South Dakota. 

“The best that the government can do is try to facilitate your success while making sure we are not accidentally standing in the way. I am excited to watch how [the ‘Internet of Things’] and other technologies develop over the coming years, and I am eager to do my small part in fostering their success.”

Earlier this year, Thune introduced the MOBILE NOW Act, a bill that would create an environment where America’s innovators could lay the groundwork for the future of the 5G network and help connect more people across rural South Dakota. Thune’s bill was approved by the Commerce Committee and awaits consideration on the Senate floor.