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Kansas Gets Federal Grant for Map Project

Kansas has been awarded a $2-million matching grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration to fund broadband mapping and planning through the Connect Kansas initiative.

The award will help Kansas collect data and develop a detailed map of the state’s existing broadband infrastructure.

Connect Kansas is a Kansas Department of Commerce initiative to increase high-speed Internet access in the state’s underserved rural areas. The initiative is funded primarily by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and has two components: the first, mapping Kansas’ broadband capacity, as related planning; and second, providing federal grants and loans to qualified organizations involved in expanding broadband to rural areas.

The mapping component is made possible by a $185,000 contribution from the Information Network of Kansas and $15,000 from Kansas Farm Bureau.

Kansas is one of 21 state since October to receive Recovery Act funding through the NTIA for state-level mapping initiatives.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".