Technology grants awarded in area
PIERRE — Earlier this month, technology grants for projects totaling nearly $200,000 were issued to 22 Community Anchor Institutions across South Dakota. This program is part of the federal Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s State Broadband Initiative.
The following institutions in The Daily Republic print circulation area were awarded funding. Details below include the CAI and total project costs (including the requirement of the CAI providing a 20 percent matching investment).
• Armour School District, Armour ($12,142.07);
• City of Freeman, Freeman ($11,439.19);
• City of Kimball, Kimball ($7,387.60);
• Davison County Public Safety, Mitchell ($11,772.59);
• Freeman Community Center, Freeman ($10,249.69);
• Gregory County, Burke ($3,677.50);
• Horizon Health Care, Howard ($10,860.57);
• Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell ($9,980.00);
• Wessington Springs School District, Wessington Springs ($5,056.88).
Project funding will provide technology improvements in the areas of:
• Firewalls (a form of cyber security) to protect computers against malware, spyware, viruses and other threatening content.
• Network switches to ensure uptime and stability as well as increase network speeds and performance.
• Wireless equipment for mobile connectivity and increased performance.
• New or additional laptops and desktops to provide access to broadband services.