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Kansas Broadband Ready Communities

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

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.

Digital Opportunities

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

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).

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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

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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.

The Latest News from KOBD

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Kansas awarded nearly $1 million from USDA to assist with rural digital divide
February 21, 2024

TOPEKA – The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) has been awarded nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service through its new Broadband Technical Assistance (BTA) grant program. The $997,000 …

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Broadband Acceleration Grant Makes $10M Available
January 26, 2024

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced $10 million is available to enhance broadband infrastructure statewide through the Broadband Acceleration Grant program. Grants funded through this program are designed to …

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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $5M for Digital Skills Training
January 12, 2024

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced a $4.75 million initiative to improve the digital skills of Kansans not yet able to maximize the power of the internet. The Digital Opportunities to Connect Kansans (DOCK) …

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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

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

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Joseph Le, Deputy 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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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, 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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