Kansas Broadband Acceleration Grant: Public Comment Year 2

Ensuring Transparency

To ensure transparency and best use of taxpayer funds, a public comment process is incorporated within the Kansas Broadband Acceleration Grant Year 2 evaluation process.  This process provides an opportunity for Kansas stakeholders to learn more about the proposed projects as well as to provide input on the Broadband Acceleration Grant applications received.

The Public Comment Window is open from Feb 16, 2022 through March 8, 2022 (11:59pm CST). 

The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) invites public comment for thirty-six (36) applications received for the Kansas state-funded, industry-matched Broadband Acceleration Grant, Year 2 (the “Grant”). This public comment process is designed to ensure program transparency and optimize use of taxpayer funds to extend high speed broadband service to unserved and underserved Kansan households and anchor businesses.   

We encourage internet service providers, the public, and other interested stakeholders to participate by expressing either support or specific concerns for the proposed Grant projects. Your input will inform which projects KOBD awards and support making the best possible investments for Kansas’ broadband infrastructure. The public comment window is from February 16, 2022 – March 8, 2022 (11:59pm CST). Grant applicants will subsequently have an opportunity to respond to the public comments received from March 10 – 22, 2022.   

Posted for comment are the Public Project Proposal and a Public Proposed Service Area Map for each Grant application.  You can download these documents from the Table below.  Proposal files are “.pdf” and map files are zipped and contain a “.kmz” map file that can be opened using Google Earth or other GIS application. 

Please consider the following in your comments:  

  • Service at or exceeding 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload must be available to all residential customers in the defined area for an area to be considered served.  
  • Should supporting evidence demonstrate that an area is currently served, that portion of the Grant service area may be disqualified.  

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who have concerns about a Grant project are asked to include sufficient evidence that a proposed service area (1) has service available already; (2) has begun construction that will be completed within 12 months; or (3) has planned construction to be completed within 12 months. The impact of comments received will depend on the totality of the circumstances presented and the documentation and evidence submitted with the comments.  Sufficient evidence must include information beyond the FCC data. Comments with insufficient evidence or documentation will not be considered.  

The KOBD will post non-proprietary comments and evidence collected during the public comment period to the Kansas Department of Commerce web site at www.kansascommerce.gov as part of public disclosure.  Evidence must be properly marked “proprietary” to be excluded from the public posting.  For comments marked proprietary/private, KOBD will make its best efforts to redact personal identifiable information that is not considered in the public domain.  KOBD will also post any Grant applicant responses to the same web site for public review. 

Please direct any questions about the Public Comment and Response process to the KOBD at kdc_broadband@ks.gov.   

2022 Broadband Acceleration Grant Applications for Public Comment

APPLICANTCOUNTYPROJECT
PROPOSAL
PROPOSED
SERVICE
AREA MAP
(.KMZ PROVIDED
IN ZIP FILE)
PUBLIC
COMMENTS
COMMENT
RESPONSES
AMG Technology dba NextLink – Piedmont, SeveryElk, GreenwoodProposal PDFDownload MapDownload ZipDownload Zip
Blue Valley Technologies -Nemaha [North 36]NemahaProposal PDFDownload Map
Blue Valley Technologies -Nemaha [South 36]NemahaProposal PDF Download Map
Charter Communications – Leavenworth County 1LeavenworthProposal PDF Download Map
Charter Communications – Leavenworth County 2LeavenworthProposal PDF Download Map
Charter Communications – Leavenworth County 3LeavenworthProposal PDF Download Map
Cunningham Communications – Cloud CountyCloudProposal PDF Download Map
Cunningham Communications – Jewell CountyJewellProposal PDF Download Map
Cunningham Communications – Mitchell CountyMitchellProposal PDF Download Map
Cunningham Communications – Republic CountyRepublicProposal PDF Download Map
EpicTouch – LiberalSewardProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
Giant Communications – Denison, Jackson CountyJacksonProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
Haviland Broadband – Rural NorwichKingman, SedgwickProposal PDF Download Map
HB Cable – KanopolisEllsworthProposal PDFDownload MapDownload ZipDownload Zip
Giant Communications – Denison, Ellsworth CountyEllsworthProposal PDF Download Map
IdeaTek – Reno CountyRenoProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
Ideatek – Sedgwick CountySedgwickProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
Ideatek – Seward CountySewardProposal PDF Download Map Download Zip
KwiKom Communications – BurlingameOsageProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
KwiKom Communications – EurekaGreenwoodProposal PDF Download Map Download Zip
KwiKom Communications – Neosho Rapids, HartfordLyonProposal PDF Download Map Download Zip
KwiKom Communications – North Paola, Miami CountyMiamiProposal PDF Download Map Download Zip
KwiKom Communications – Osage CityOsageProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
KwiKom Communications – Pomona, QuenemoFranklin, OsageProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
Midco – Lecompton TownshipDouglasProposal PDF Download Map
Peoples Telecommunications – Louisburg Rural-ParkerLinn, MiamiProposal PDF Download MapDownload ZipDownload Zip
PGB Fiber – [Sage Brush Estates] Garden City, KSFinneyProposal PDF Download Map
PGB Fiber – [Highlands Addition] Garden City, KSFinneyProposal PDF Download Map
Rainbow Communication – Everest, Brown CountyAtchison, Brown, DoniphanProposal PDF Download Map
S&A Telephone – AmericusLyonProposal PDF Download Map
SCTelcom – Harper CountyHarperProposal PDF Download Map
SKT – Rural HaysvilleSedgwickProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
Twin Valley Communications -Riley, Clay CountiesClay, Pottawatomie, RileyProposal PDF Download Map
US Cellular – Chautauqua CountyChautauquaProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
Wabaunsee County – I-70 CentralWabaunseeProposal PDF Download Map Download ZipDownload Zip
WTC Communications – Southeast Riley CountyRileyProposal PDF Download Map Download Zip
WTC Communications – Southwest Pottawatomie CountyPottawatomieProposal PDF Download Map Download Zip

*.KMZ files provided within the ZIP files above are zip compressed .kml files containing map locations viewable in various geographic information systems (GIS) applications such as Google Earth.

The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) has posted files as provided by each applicant relative to the proposed project. KOBD has provided this information for public review and comment and does not intend to provide technical support for the public in reviewing or interpreting the resources published.