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Governor Kelly Announces Kansas Moving Forward with $451.7M High-Speed Internet Deployment Plan

Apr 26, 2024

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TOPEKA — Governor Laura Kelly today announced federal approval of the state’s Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Initial Proposal Volume 2, providing an investment of more than $450 million to expand Kansas’ high-speed internet infrastructure. Funding will be granted to areas that have been identified as underserved through a competitive application process that will begin in July.

“Kansans, no matter their zip code, deserve access to reliable, high-speed internet,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “The distribution of BEAD funds will break down the barriers that have prevented some from fully participating in a thriving digital economy.”

Becoming a top 10 state for broadband and connecting every Kansan by the end of the decade is a significant goal for the Kelly-Toland administration. Today’s announcement puts Kansas on the path to reaching that goal.

“We understand the importance of providing opportunities for all Kansans by setting up our communities for success now and in the future,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “With this federal approval, we can help ensure all Kansans have the digital tools they need to find jobs, work remotely, seek out telehealth options and more. High-speed internet access is key to supporting economic initiatives that drive state and local economies alike.”

Eligible homes and businesses within the predetermined funding areas will be made public for 60 days before the application process opens. This transparency ensures that applicants have adequate time to become aware of opportunities and to prepare for the process. Preregistration for BEAD applicants is set to begin Monday, May 13.

“For communities across Kansas, this announcement provides a timeline for solutions in areas that have long languished in the digital divide,” Office of Broadband Development Director Jade Piros de Carvalho said. “We recognize that reliable broadband is the foundation of modern life, and we are eager to put these dollars to work.”

Project funding applications will be accepted in rounds to enable equitable distribution of funds. The first 30-day application window tentatively opens July 8, offering interested stakeholders the opportunity to submit their proposals for consideration. Learn more about the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment program and dates for technical assistance webinars here