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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.

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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.