PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota program has awarded more than $150,000 in technology grants to improve Internet service in 18 libraries, schools and other facilities across the state.

The South Dakota Broadband Initiative uses federal money to make the grants.

Jim Edman, who manages the project as deputy commissioner of the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, says the grants help communities increase Internet services.

The grants help pay for computer security, network switches, wireless equipment and new computers.

The grants are going to facilities in Aberdeen, Alcester, Elk Point, Plankinton, Eureka, Faulkton, Hot Springs, Leola, Mitchell, Doland, Ipswich, Sisseton, Kadoka, Isabel, Madison and Sturgis.

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