Kansas Governor Says Rural Broadband Connectivity Ahead of Schedule
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said she will continue to prioritize funding for projects to help expand rural broadband for agricultural producers in the state. “We’re making tremendous progress,” says Kelly. “We now have more connectivity than we ever could have imagined in such a short time in power and we will continue to do so. “
She tells Brownfield for the first time last year that the state used general funds to expand service through the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and used CARES law money.
Kelly now says they are allocating money from the American Rescue Plan Act as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present connectivity issues in rural areas. “What we’ve learned from this, we don’t want to lose any steps, we want to make sure that we have the infrastructure in place that once we get through this pandemic, we have it there and the services that we learned are well presented on the Internet are still available.
Governor Kelly spoke with Brownfield at the Kansas City Agribusiness Council luncheon in honor of retired Senator Pat Roberts.