Archive for Monday, December 7, 2009

Kansas receives $2 million in federal stimulus funds to expand access to Internet in rural areas

December 7, 2009


— Kansas has received a $2 million federal grant that officials say will help provide access to high-speed Internet service throughout the state.

Lt. Gov. Troy Findley said Monday that the grant also will boost economic recovery, especially in rural areas of the state.

“For rural Kansans, this means economic growth through e-commerce, enhanced services through e-government and improvements to quality of life,” Findley said at a news conference.

The initiative aims to develop a map of the state’s existing broadband infrastructure, and then provide grants and loans to providers to expand broadband service.

The $2 million grant was from the federal American Recovery and Reorganization Act. There is more than $7 billion available under the act to expand broadband throughout the nation, officials said.

Kansas Department of Commerce officials say that Kansas matched the grant with $185,000 from the Information Network of Kansas and $15,000 from the Kansas Farm Bureau, which will be used to pay Connected Nation, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that specializes in broadband issues, and has been contracted to help with mapping and planning the broadband effort.

Brian Mefford, chief executive officer of Connected Nation, said 85 percent of Kansas probably doesn’t have access to high-speed Internet service. And, he said, many Kansans who live in areas that do have broadband, don’t take advantage of it.

“The point is getting Kansans online using the technology,” he said.


Dan Eyler 8 years, 5 months ago

Surely the state will be able to demonstrate the return on these stimulus funds. Seems as though we were told that the stimulus was for providing immediate shovel ready jobs. One could argue that it will take years to see any return for this 2 million dollar tax. But one thing is for sure. We will not see any new jobs in Kansas in the foreseeable future that can be contributed to this project. Tax increases have not and will not ever provide a better living standard for Middle Class Americans.

mdrndgtl 8 years, 5 months ago

Rabble, rabble, rabble shovel-ready jobs. Rabble tax hike rabble rabble.

Stimulus and posercare lives unprecedented

Darwin bless us

georgiahawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Damn that Obama! Washington elitists thinking they know what is best for Kansas!

repaste 8 years, 5 months ago

Dolph has plans on a chunk of this money. His anti Obama only goes so far. I thought this money was for a survey only, anyone know the real story?

Chris Golledge 8 years, 5 months ago

Pretty sure there are lots of benefits to this, but one type would be illustrated by a tradesman friend of mine. Before he got high speed internet, he had to spend more hours shopping for the supplies he needed. It takes a lot less time now. Good for him and ultimately good for his customers. Seems like this scenario should play out many more times with this. Not sure where this money is going, but on the surface it looks like it's heading in a good direction.

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