South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow announced April 15 that the state will spend nearly $7 million to electronically link all public K-12 and postsecondary schools in the state.

The intranet will let schools connect to the internet, offer eMail accounts, provide web page hosting, and give them the ability to transmit data and provide real-time video for videoconferencing. The state's plan is eventually to connect all K-12 schools, technical institutes, state universities, libraries, and state and local governments together in the voluntary network.

Janklow wants the infrastructure and support staff in place by the end of the year.

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