TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly’s goal of connecting all Kansans to high-speed broadband internet has piqued the interest of individuals and communities throughout Kansas. It also has garnered strong attention from providers seeking to make that last-mile connection.
Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today that 141 applications have been submitted for the Capital Projects Fund-Infrastructure Program (CPF). The service providers’ funding requests total almost $600 million for the available $83.5 million in funding provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury under the American Rescue Plan Act.
“The overwhelming response to the funding opportunity demonstrates the vast need for high-speed broadband across the state,” Lieutenant Governor Toland said. “Such volume shows that we must continue investing in broadband until every Kansan is connected.”
Public comments are being accepted for the submitted applications until September 9. Internet service providers, the public and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the process either by expressing support for or raising specific concerns about the proposed grant projects. The applications may be viewed here.
“The Capital Projects Fund helps move the state in the direction we need to meet Governor Kelly’s goal of universal connectivity,” said Jade Piros de Carvalho, Director of the Office of Broadband Development. “This round of funding is another significant step in fulfilling that pledge.”
Input received during the public comment period will be considered by a panel of technical and financial experts from the private sector and various state agencies who are reviewing the applications. The comments will provide additional information to guide the panel in making the best possible investments for Kansas’ broadband infrastructure.
Piros de Carvalho said the review process already is under way and award announcements will be made in October.
For more information about the Capital Projects Fund-Infrastructure Program or to review applications, visit https://www.kansascommerce.gov/program/community-programs/capital-project-funds-broadband-infrastructure-program-public-comments-phase-ii/.