Topeka, KS – Thanks to Governor Laura Kelly’s commitment to increasing access to fast, reliable internet, more rural Kansans will have efficient internet connections than ever before. Last week, Governor Kelly announced grant recipients of her Broadband Acceleration Grants for a total investment of over $10 million. Governor Kelly is committed to bringing Kansas into the 21st century by investing in and expanding reliable internet access. Governor Kelly created the Office of Broadband Development and was the first Governor in Kansas history to designate state funds for expanding high-speed internet.
Here’s what others are saying about Governor Kelly’s latest investment:
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday the 11 recipients of the Broadband Acceleration Grant program that will give more than $10 million of investment in high-speed broadband access in rural areas. The grant program was launched in 2020 and is a 10-year, $85 million program to help improve rural broadband access.
The Governor has awarded more than $10 million to rural communities for improvements in broadband connection. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says on Friday, May 20, that 11 organizations have been awarded Broadband Acceleration Grants which have resulted in more than $10 million in investments in high-speed broadband access across 10 rural counties.
Launched in 2020, Kelly said the grant program is a 10-year, $85 million program that will bring crucial broadband access to Kansas communities. The Governor noted that this is the second year of the program which will bring the total broadband infrastructure investment in Kansas communities to more than $70 million since 2020.
Launched in 2020, the Broadband Acceleration Grant is a ten-year, $85 million program that will bring critically needed broadband access to Kansas communities. This second year of the program brings the total broadband infrastructure investment in Kansas communities to more than $70 million since 2020.
The $5 million in grant funding for 2022 will be combined with an additional $5 million in matching funds, resulting in more than $10 million for critically needed broadband infrastructure in Kansas communities. Three of the awarded projects involve key partnerships with municipalities and include $875,000 in matching funds from the local community.
“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 said. “Affordable broadband is necessary for our communities to remain viable and competitive, and every Kansan deserves a reliable connection to the world. These grants accelerate our efforts to make that a reality.”
- WIBW Radio: State Broadband Grants Announced
Governor Laura Kelly has announced the 11 recipients of the Broadband Acceleration Grant program resulting in more than $10 million of investment in high-speed broadband access across 10 rural Kansas counties.
The $5 million in grant funding for 2022 will be combined with an additional $5 million in matching funds, results in more than $10 million for broadband infrastructure in Kansas communities.
The projects were selected following a competitive funding round, and all proposed projects were made available for public review.