Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that the state’s Digital Equity (DE) Plan has been approved by the Federal government, clearing the way for the state to receive $8.2 million in Federal funding to improve high-speed internet connectivity and increase digital opportunities across the state.

“Providing Kansans with the digital resources they need will strengthen our state,” Gov. Kelly said. “The approval of the Kansas Digital Equity Plan marks a significant milestone in our commitment to closing technology gaps and knocking down barriers to affordable, accessible high-speed internet in every corner of the state.”

The plan, which was unveiled last October, received public comment before going through reviews with Federal funding partners at the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

With the Federal approval and funding from the NTIA’s Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, the Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) will begin implementing strategies outlined in the plan to enhance digital opportunity statewide.

“By expanding access to devices and digital skills training, we will open new economic opportunities for people and businesses across Kansas,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Our state is ready to unlock the potential of every Kansan and each community so they can prosper in the digital economy.”

The DE Plan focuses on digital skills training, affordable service plans, and access to broadband-ready devices.

“We know that many Kansans experience barriers to full participation in the digital economy,” said Jade Piros de Carvalho, director of the Kansas Office of Broadband Development. “The approval of this plan confirms our commitment to providing equal opportunities to residents by addressing factors that might be limiting broadband access and adoption.”

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