Kansas Governor Urges to Apply for Federal Broadband Program

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today encouraged qualifying Kansas residents to apply for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic.  The program opens on May 12th.

“We know broadband is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for Kansans and our communities to participate in the digital economy,” Governor Kelly said.  “I strongly encourage every Kansas family eligible to take advantage of the opportunity and apply for the Emergency Broadband Program.”

The Emergency Broadband Program provides a discount of up to $50 monthly towards internet service for eligible households, and up to $75 monthly for eligible households on Tribal lands.  In addition, all eligible households will qualify for a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer, laptop, or tablet after a $10-$50 contribution toward the purchase price.

“This program is important to address broadband affordability issues and drive progress on digital equity in Kansas,” Stan Adams, Director of the Office of Broadband, said.  “Given the criticality of broadband for so many Kansans and the increasing digital divide, we as a community need to do more to remove barriers to robust broadband utilization. 

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