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Governor Kelly Releases Kansas Broadband Digital Equity Plan for Public Comment Governor Laura Kelly today announced the Kansas Digital Equity (DE) Plan for high-speed internet connectivity is available for public review and comment. While the recently announced Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Five-Year Action Plan outlines the state’s plan to provide access to high-speed internet, the Digital Equity Plan focuses on specifically connecting users. Governor Kelly Celebrates Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses Governor Laura Kelly joined the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 38th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at Townsite Tower in Topeka. The luncheon, hosted by Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development, recognizes minority- and women-owned businesses from across the state and is part of Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. Governor Kelly Announces Recipients of More than $500K in Registered Apprenticeship Grants Governor Laura Kelly today announced a total of $528,478 has been awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce to eight entities across the state for projects that will attract and retain employees and build the state workforce through registered apprenticeships. 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. View All


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Kansas Broadband Roadshow

The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) hit the road these past 8 weeks to hear from Kansas on internet connectivity in your neighborhood. A quick thank you to the more than 500 people, 26 locations and staff that traveled more than 14,0000 miles to help us build the future of the Internet in Kansas.

The KOBD recognizes the importance that digital connectivity plays in thriving and growing communities. To stay engaged and hear about the progress and more about the process and our efforts check out the Kansas Broadband Planning page here.

From these sessions we were able to hear from Kansans regarding their lived experiences with Internet access, availability, public access, inclusive design, adoption, speeds, safety, privacy, digital skills training, devices, and much more. Upon gathering this data, a report was created to include recommendations from our partners at the Public Policy and Management Center (Wichita State University). The report is based on survey data and first-person narratives and will be used, along with other collected data, to develop the Kansas Digital Equity Plan. Recommendations in the report are from the Public Policy and Management Center and may not be reflected in the final plan.

Report cover image. Image shares the Office of Broadband Development logo and the Broadband Roadshow logo.  Images include fiber, fiber laborer and people in a group. Text on the report is: Digital Equity in Kansas, Kansas Department of Commerce, Office of Broadband Development, May 2023.

In addition to the roadshows attended, we are honored to have conversations with the Sovereign Nations within Kansas:

  • Iowa of Kansas and Nebraska
  • Kickapoo
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi
  • Sac and Fox

Kansas Broadband Roadshow Locations

Thank you!

Kansas Office of Broadband Development recognizes the importance that digital connectivity plays in thriving and growing communities. We know we have improvement areas, along with success stories. Thank you so much for reaching out and having conversations with us connectivity, access and internet opportunities that exist to connect all Kansans. We heard your voices and contributions as we are working to shape the State Digital Equity Plan and 5-year Strategic Broadband Action Plan.