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Virtual Job Fair to Highlight Hundreds of State Agency Opportunities Jobseekers are encouraged to attend the upcoming State of Kansas Agencies Virtual Job Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. This month’s virtual fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, will feature many exciting employment opportunities available across the state’s 98 government agencies. Currently, there are more than 700 vacancies across the state. Governor Kelly Travels to Japan, South Korea to Create More Jobs for Kansans This week, Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Japan and South Korea to participate in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA/JMWA) Conference. While there, she met with business leaders to continue building on Kansas’ historic economic development success and create new job opportunities for Kansas workers. Kansas Commerce Department Hires New International Director Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today Laura Lombard has been named the agency’s new International Director. Lombard brings 15 years of experience in international relations and business development to the position, most recently serving as President and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita. Governor Kelly Announces Funding to Grow Small Business Exports Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded $200,000 to the Kansas Department of Commerce to expand the state’s robust export sector, which hit an all-time high of $13.97 billion in 2022. The agency’s International Division oversees the administration of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) award, enabling eligible businesses to leverage these funds for conducting focused activities that promote export growth. View All

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Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD)

Across the state we encourage residents, community organizations, businesses, and local authorities, to participate in the public comment period for Volume 1 of the Initial Proposal.

Tired of Slow or No Internet?

The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) wants you to share your thoughts on internet connectivity in your neighborhood. Help us build the future of the Internet in Kansas!

Broadband Planning

The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) wants to share where they are in the planning process for Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) & Digital Equity Act (DEA).

Digital Equity Act

The Digital Equity Act provides $2.75 billion to establish three grant programs that promote digital equity and inclusion. They aim to ensure that all people and communities have the skills, technology, and capacity needed to reap the full benefits of our digital economy.

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

“We’re continuing to deliver on our bold and ambitious goal to make Kansas a top 10 state for broadband access by 2030″ – Governor Laura Kelly

Biden-Harris Administration Launches $45 Billion “Internet for All” Initiative to Bring Affordable, Reliable High-Speed Internet to Everyone in America

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Governor Roy Cooper Announce $45 Billion “Internet for All” Initiative During Durham Visit

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Working in partnership at all levels, they combine grassroots community engagement and supports, with actionable resources for advocacy and policymakers

NTIA’s National Broadband Availability Map

“We know broadband is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for Kansans and our communities to participate in the digital economy,”
– Governor Laura Kelly



Affordable Connectivity Program

Kansas Office of Broadband Development

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. 

Digital Opportunities

Partner Resources

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.

The Latest News from KOBD

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Kansas Submits Five-Year, $451M Action Plan to Expand High-Speed Internet
August 24, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the Kansas Office of Broadband Development has submitted the state’s comprehensive Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Five-Year Action Plan (FYAP) to the National Telecommunications and Information …

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

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Governor Kelly Invites Public Input on Broadband Infrastructure Plan
August 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 …

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Additional Resources

Broadband Funding Opportunities
Broadband Reports | Partner Agencies

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

CONTACT

Jade Piros de Carvalho, Director of the Office of Broadband Development

[email protected]

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Joseph Le, Deputy Director

785-230-4615

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Kimberlyn Jones, Digital Equity 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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Casey Russell, Broadband Infrastructure Program Manager

785-207-1317

[email protected]

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Shelley Paasch, Broadband Partnerships Coordinator

(785) 276-9995

[email protected]

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Jessica Henry, Operations Manager

(785) 296-2534

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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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