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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $45 Million to Connect Kansans to High-Speed Internet

Jan 18, 2023

~Nearly 18,500 Locations Connected to High-Speed Internet in Final Phase of Kansas Capital Project Funds Program~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $44.5 million will be awarded to nine service providers to extend high-speed internet to 18,468 locations in 15 underserved counties across the state. This is the third…

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Kansas Receives Nearly $5.7M to Expand Equitable Broadband Access

Dec 22, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced Kansas has received nearly $5.7 million to expand broadband access, adoption, and affordability, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Office. "Communities across the Kansas have enormous potential for a new chapter of innovation and success," Governor Laura Kelly…

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Governor Kelly Announces Over $23M to Expand Broadband in Rural Kansas

Dec 15, 2022

~Funding will Connect Nearly 4,200 Homes, Businesses, Schools to Internet~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that $23.1 million will be awarded to six service providers that will bring high-speed broadband service to nearly 4,200 homes, businesses, schools, health care facilities, and other institutions in unserved and rural areas of…

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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $16M to Expand Broadband in Rural Kansas

Nov 4, 2022

~Funding will Connect Nearly 2,000 Homes, Businesses, Schools to Internet~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today $15.7 million will be awarded to seven service providers that will bring high-speed broadband service to underserved, economically distressed, and low-population areas of the state. This is the first of three rounds of…

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Demand High for Investments in State’s Broadband Infrastructure

Aug 30, 2022

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…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces 21,000 More Kansas Homes Will Soon Be Connected to High-Speed Internet

Jul 14, 2022

~$83.5M in Grants Are Available to Expand Broadband Access in High-Need Areas~ TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that more than 21,000 Kansas homes and businesses are set to receive high-speed internet access for the first time thanks to an $83.5 million grant program through the Kansas Department of…

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Lt. Governor Toland Announces Two New Directors

Jun 1, 2022

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced two new hires for the agency. Jade Piros de Carvalho will serve as the new Director of the Office of Broadband Development, and Patrick Lowry has been named the Director of Marketing and Communications. Jade Piros de Carvalho is…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Recipients of $10 Million Investment Expanding Broadband Access Across Rural Kansas

May 20, 2022

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the 11 recipients of the Broadband Acceleration Grant program resulting in more than $10 million of investment in high-speed broadband access across 10 rural Kansas counties. “We’re continuing to deliver on our bold and ambitious goal to make Kansas a top 10 state…

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Lieutenant Governor Toland Announces Public Comment Period for the Broadband Acceleration Grants

Feb 28, 2022

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland announced the opening of a public comment period for the Broadband Acceleration Grants. The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD), a division of the Kansas Department of Commerce, has opened a public comment period for the state’s Broadband Acceleration Grant Program.…

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Broadband Acceleration Grant Program Submission Window

Dec 15, 2021

TOPEKA - Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the application window for Broadband Acceleration Grant Program submissions. “Access to high-speed internet is critical for Kansans to access health care, education, and compete in an increasingly digital economy,” Governor Kelly said. “My administration is committed to getting every Kansas home and business connected.…

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