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SD’s Broadband Initiative Awards 15 Community Anchor Institutions with Technology Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 30, 2012

CONTACT: Emily Kiel at (605) 773-4165 or Emily.Kiel@state.sd.us


SD’s Broadband Initiative Awards 15 Community Anchor Institutions with Technology Grants


PIERRE, S.D.  Earlier this spring, the South Dakota Broadband Initiative released a grant application for qualifying Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs). Today, technology grants for projects exceeding $112,000 are being awarded to 15 institutions. This program is part of the federal Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s (NTIA) State Broadband Initiative (SBI).


“The projects funded through these grants will provide a wide variety of technology improvements and expansions across South Dakota to key Community Anchor Institutions,” said Jim Edman, Acting Commissioner for the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications and Project Manager for the State Broadband Initiative. “We are excited that these communities continue to invest, improve and expand their computer infrastructure. By doing so they increase broadband services, usage and adoption; which is a key goal for the State Broadband Initiative.”


The following institutions were awarded funding through the grant application program. Details below include the CAI and total project costs (including the requirement of the CAI providing a 20 percent matching investment).


  1. Beresford Public Library, Beresford ($3,039.55)
  2. City of Brookings, Brookings ($8,414.00)
  3. City of Sturgis, Sturgis ($10,262.00)
  4. Haakon County Public Library, Philip ($2,924.01)
  5. Hamlin Public School District, Hayti ($4,210.20)
  6. Hand County Library, Miller ($6,265.67)
  7. Madison Public Library, Madison ($7,317.60)
  8. Oahe YMCA, Pierre ($11,808.84)
  9. Potter County Library, Gettysburg ($3,272.00)
  10. Redfield Public School District, Redfield ($8,587.80)
  11. Sioux Valley Public School District, Volga ($11,545.80)
  12. St. Joseph School, Pierre ($12,673.44)
  13. Stanley County Public School District, Fort Pierre ($9,866.35)
  14. Western Dakota Technical Institute, Rapid City ($5,760.00)
  15. YMCA of Rapid City, Rapid City ($6,708.20)

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.

The South Dakota Broadband Initiative Technology Planning team will assist the CAI staff and their technology partners with the implementation of the equipment into their infrastructure.  The Technology Planning and Computer Ownership program is one segment of the overall South Dakota Broadband Initiative. The primary purpose is to provide CAI’s with technology consulting and solutions pertaining to their technical infrastructure and broadband connectivity. Those eligible institutions include libraries, medical and healthcare facilities, K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, public safety offices, government and tribal offices, and community support locations. Additional grant opportunities will take place later this year. 


About South Dakota Broadband Initiative (SDBI): The purpose of the SDBI is to inventory, enhance and increase the adoption of high-speed broadband. Visit http://broadband.sd.gov/, email broadband@state.sd.us, or call 605-773-4165 for more information.