Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order #20-67 on Thursday to establish the Office of Broadband Development and announced the distribution of nearly $50 million in Connectivity Emergency Response Grant (CERG) funds to underserved communities across Kansas.
The Connectivity Emergency Response Grant (CERG) was created to address the increased need for Internet connectivity in Kansas in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Proposed projects should improve connectivity to unserved and underserved areas of Kansas to address the needs of telework, telehealth, distance learning and other remote business services.
School rooftops and on-site towers are central to the design, combined with co-location
on existing structures results in the most efficient plan for deployment. Upon network
activation, the school will be given an allotment of free connectivity vouchers to distribute
to those students they deem most in need of connectivity at their homes to participate in
any remote learning. This voucher is for 12 months of service and includes all home
equipment and costs associated with residential installation.
See Channel 3KSNW News article here – www.ksn.com/news/kansas/office-of-broadband-development-established-by-gov-kelly-announces-nearly-50-million-in-grants-for-broadband-access-expansion/
List of Awardees – https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Final-CERG-Awards.pdf
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