Kansas Governor says rural broadband connectivity ahead of schedule

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says she’ll continue to prioritize funding for projects to help expand rural broadband for the state’s ag producers. “We’re making huge strides,” Kelly says. “We have more connectivity now than we could ever have imagined in this short time in office and we’re going to continue to do that.”

She tells Brownfield for the first-time last year, the state used general funds to expand the service through the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and used money from the CARES Act.

Kelly says now they’re allocating money from American Rescue Plan Act because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present connectivity challenges in rural areas. “What we’ve learned from that, 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 that there and services that we’ve learned are well presented over the internet are still available.”

Governor Kelly spoke with Brownfield at the Kansas City Agribusiness Council’s Luncheon honoring retired Senator Pat Roberts.

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