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Commerce Awards Nearly $300,000 for Downtown Improvements in Kearny County The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced that Kearny County has been awarded $296,250 through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for a new coffee and bakery shop. This Commercial Rehabilitation grant, along with $98,750 in local matching funds, will help restore an older building and revitalize downtown Deerfield in Kearny County. Governor Kelly Announces 12 Rural Communities and Organizations to Receive Funding for Mural and Public Art Projects Governor Laura Kelly today announced that 12 communities and organizations will receive a combined $78,800 to allow 20 new murals and public art projects to revive public spaces and engage residents and visitors. Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $4M Awarded through Broadband ADOPT Program Governor Laura Kelly announced today that seven organizations will receive a combined $3.9 million in grants through the Advancing Digital Opportunities to Promote Technology (ADOPT) program. ADOPT supports the Kelly administration’s work to connect more Kansans to high-speed internet by making public Wi-Fi accessible and distributing devices in underserved areas. Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $3M to Improve Digital Literacy in Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $2.8 million is being invested in 15 organizations through the Digital Opportunities to Connect Kansans (DOCK) program. The DOCK grants will improve the digital skills of Kansans who have not yet been able to fully capitalize on the power of the internet. View All

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Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD)

Kansas was allocated $451 million to connect all Kansans. Kansas Office of Broadband has created strategic plans to build out broadband across the state. We invite you learn more and engage with us as we move forward to connect all Kansans.

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Reaching out to communities across the state to ensure they are equipped with the skills and resources to be good partners and support broadband buildout through the BEAD program.

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Designed to pave the way for improved broadband access in communities across the state, ensuring that Kansas remains at the forefront of digital connectivity.

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Learn about the Kansas Office of Broadband Developments Digital Equity Strategic Plan and resources to support affordable, accessible internet for all Kansans.

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In our modern world, access to high-speed internet isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity.

With so much vital information and communication moving online, communities and businesses unable to access high-quality internet connections aren’t just at a disadvantage, they are effectively disqualified from a major portion of the economy. With this in mind, providing broadband access to all communities across our state is a top priority for the Department of Commerce. 

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The Kansas Office of Broadband Development’s mission is to help all Kansans bridge the digital divide through home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs.

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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $4M Awarded through Broadband ADOPT Program
June 4, 2024

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that seven organizations will receive a combined $3.9 million in grants through the Advancing Digital Opportunities to Promote Technology (ADOPT) program. ADOPT supports the Kelly administration’s work to connect …

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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $3M to Improve Digital Literacy in Kansas
May 30, 2024

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $2.8 million is being invested in 15 organizations through the Digital Opportunities to Connect Kansans (DOCK) program. The DOCK grants will improve the digital skills of Kansans …

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Governor Kelly Announces Kansas Moving Forward with $451.7M High-Speed Internet Deployment Plan
April 26, 2024

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 …

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Broadband in Kansas: The Challenges of Digital Access and Affordability | The Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) at the University of Kansas

Kansas Office of Broadband Development Staff

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Joseph Le, Interim Director

785-230-4615

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Kimberlyn Jones, Digital Opportunity Program Manager

785-289-3345

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Morgan Barnes, Engagement and Outreach Manager

785-480-8555

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Stephen Shelton, Broadband Data and GIS Analyst

785-480-8150

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Joshua Edgar, Broadband Program Manager

785-207-3892

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Marie McNeal, Broadband Grant Program Manager

785-631-0091

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Casey Russell, Broadband Infrastructure Program Manager

785-207-1317

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Shelley Paasch, Broadband Partnerships Coordinator

785-276-9995

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Jessica Henry, Broadband Grant Compliance and Reporting Manager

785-250-8277

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The Kansas Office of Broadband Development was established in 2020 to help ensure all Kansans have the opportunity to live, work, learn and compete

in a global economy by improving universal access to quality, affordable and reliable broadband.

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