Federal Funds to Drive High-Speed Internet Expansion in Kansas: Diminishing the Digital Divide
Kansas is set to receive over $451 million for high-speed Internet access as part of the Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ initiative, significantly addressing the digital divide.
“What this announcement means for people across the country is that if you don’t have access to quality, affordable high-speed Internet service now – you will, thanks to President Biden and his commitment to investing in America,”Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program’s Impact in Kansas
Kansas’s allocation comes from the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. With $451,725,998.15 designated, Kansas will be administering local grant programs, laying the foundation for job creation and lasting economic growth.
Catalyzing Kansas’s Digital Shift and Economic Development
The funding is expected to widen participation in the digital economy, invigorate local fiber-optic cable production, and spur job growth in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: A Fundamental Requirement in Kansas
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” said Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. This substantial investment from the Biden-Harris administration emphasizes their commitment to ensuring Internet access for all Kansas residents.
Kansas’s BEAD Funding Allocation
Kansas is set to receive $451,725,998.15 from the BEAD program. This pivotal funding will be used to deploy or upgrade broadband networks, ensuring that all residents have access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services.
Looking Forward: Igniting Economic and Social Progress in Kansas
In line with the principles of long-termism, this investment is predicted to drive economic and social evolution in Kansas for the foreseeable future. Beyond immediate gains, the initiative paves the path for a brighter, more digitally connected future for the Sunflower State.
State allocations and funding details
In total $42.45 billion in funds will be allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories.
A detailed list of funding allocations for each state, D.C., and the territories can be found on InternetForAll.Gov.
Here’s how it breaks down:
|District of Columbia||$100,694,786.93|
|Northern Mariana Islands||$80,796,709.02|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||$27,103,240.86|