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State of South Dakota Increases Bandwidth to Over 150 Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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


State of South Dakota Increases Bandwidth to Over 150 Schools


PIERRE, S.D.  – In partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education (DOE), the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) will work this summer to increase bandwidth to 159 school sites across the state, impacting 122 school districts.


“We continue to see a trend of K-12 bandwidth doubling every two to three years. This increase in service corresponds directly with that trend,” said Pat Snow, telecommunications manager. “We are proud to assist with this project upgrade as this is a great improvement; allowing educators to continue enhancing educational services through the Internet.”


The bare minimum of Internet bandwidth is 10 Mbps, or megabits per second. Funding was approved and appropriated to DOE this past legislative session to increase the bandwidth minimum to 50 Mbps where available across the state. The upgrade allows additional capacity for education-related services via the Internet through online applications and assessments, and distance learning, and it allows schools to do so without delay.


The project is currently in its implementation phase and is expected to be completed prior to the 2013-2014 school year.


“In today's classrooms, teachers incorporate technology on a daily basis as part of the learning process, and they need to be confident that the technology will work,” said South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp. “This bandwidth initiative will help to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place to support learning.”


About BIT: BIT strives to provide a reliable, secure and agile infrastructure, deliver valuable services through advanced technology solutions and retain a highly skilled workforce to directly support clients and the services they provide to the State of South Dakota. BIT provides a variety of services, including: project management, application development, software and hardware installations, email capabilities, phone services, document imaging, help desk support services, ongoing technology maintenance and more. For more information, please visit bit.sd.gov or connect with us at blog.bit.sd.gov or @bit_sd.