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Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Awarded Nearly $500K to Boost Internet Connectivity

Aug 3, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that a $498,000 broadband grant has been awarded to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska to enhance public Wi-Fi services at community hubs and replace outdated equipment. It will also establish a technology learning center for staff and Tribal members, promoting digital inclusion…

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Governor Kelly Invites Public Input on Broadband Infrastructure Plan

Aug 2, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Initial Proposal Volume 1 is available for public viewing and comment. The BEAD 5-Year Action Plan, along with Volume 1 and Volume 2, will identify served, unserved, and underserved locations across the state and map…

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Kansas Receives $451.7 Million for High Speed Broadband Infrastructure

Jun 26, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Kansas will receive $451.7 million in funding to support broadband infrastructure construction to connect all Kansans, ensuring access to high-speed internet across the state.  “My administration is committed to ensuring every Kansan, regardless of their zip code, has access to fast and reliable…

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Broadband Acceleration Grant 3.0 Will Invest $5 Million to Bridge the Digital Divide in Kansas

Jun 22, 2023

TOPEKA – The State of Kansas continues to push towards bridging the digital divide with the launch of the Broadband Acceleration Grant Program 3.0. The Kansas Office of Broadband Development today announced the application window will open for submissions next week. “We recognize the urgent need to bridge the digital divide…

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Governor Kelly Announces Kansas Wins Nearly $43M to Build Key Infrastructure for High-Speed Internet

Jun 16, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the National Telecommunications Information and Administration (NTIA) has awarded the Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) nearly $43 million to develop infrastructure key to expanding affordable high-speed internet to remote and underserved communities. The open-access “middle mile” infrastructure will connect local Internet networks,…

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Kansas Launches Broadband Speed Test and Comprehensive Expansion Plan

May 30, 2023

TOPEKA – The Kansas Office of Broadband Development is developing a comprehensive strategic plan to expand broadband infrastructure statewide and ensure every Kansan has access to reliable high-speed internet. To assist in this and provide accurate data for the plan, the department is calling on residents to participate in an…

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Governor Kelly Announces $30 Million to Increase High-Speed Internet Availability

May 3, 2023

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced a new program aimed at helping Kansas communities that lack high-speed internet. The Lasting Infrastructure and Network Connectivity (LINC) program will provide $30 million in competitive funding opportunities to build the infrastructure needed for more homes and businesses to access broadband.   “This investment builds…

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Governor Kelly Launches Statewide Initiative to Increase Adoption of Affordable Connectivity Program

Mar 15, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced a statewide initiative to increase awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a program that helps lower-income families pay for high-speed internet. The ACP is a $14.2 billion federal broadband benefit that provides eligible households a monthly discount of up to $30 per…

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Governor Kelly Announces Kansas to Receive $15M to Provide Communities Digital Devices and Skills Training

Mar 8, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Kansas is the first state to receive $15 million in U.S. Department of Treasury Digital Connectivity Technology (DCT) funds. The money will support equal access to high-speed internet, provide devices to underserved Kansans, and expand digital skills training for communities across Kansas.   “It’s…

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Office of Broadband to Launch ‘Kansas Broadband Roadshow'

Feb 10, 2023

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced the Kansas Office of Broadband Development will take its “Kansas Broadband Roadshow” across the state beginning this week. Starting in Emporia on Wednesday, February 15, Broadband staff will travel the state to learn directly from Kansans about internet…

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