Kansas to get $83.5 million to expand high-speed internet access

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced the availability of more than $80 million to expand high-speed internet service in Kansas. Federal coronavirus relief funds are expected to connect more than 21,000 Kansas homes and businesses to high-speed internet in service areas where, according to the Treasury Department, “there is a demonstrated need.”

The money for Kansas is part of $10 billion in funds for capital improvement projects. The Treasury Department said the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF) is providing money “to states, territories, freely associated states, and tribal governments to fund essential capital projects that enable labor, education and health surveillance in response to the public health emergency”.

“These broadband investments through the US bailout will help lay the foundation to ensure that every American home and small business has access to affordable high-speed internet,” Assistant Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said. “Treasury commends Kansas for using this funding to bring high-speed Internet access to areas of demonstrated need and to reduce broadband bills for low-income families.”

With funding approved for Kansas, the Treasury Department said a competitive grant program, the Broadband Acceleration Grant Program, “will help bridge the digital divide by providing access to reliable high-speed Internet connections.”

“CPF dollars will help build reliable and affordable infrastructure in the areas the program is designed to serve,” the ministry said.

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