Kansas receives $4.4 million for broadband work

Kansas has been awarded $4.4 million in federal stiumulus money to expand broadband development, the state's commerce department announced today.

The money is in addition to the $2 million federal grant the state received nine months ago for the broadband initiative, Connect Kansas.

The new funding will allow Kansas to extend mapping and data collection work for an additional three years, develop localized broadband plans for high-speed Internet access and add staff.

While today's funding addresses mapping and planning, Connect Kansas also provides federal grants and loans to Kansas businesses and organizations to undertake broadband projects. To date, nine Kansas companies and organizations have been awarded more than $147 million in grants and loans for that purpose.

The federal government has used stimulus funds to invest $7.2 billion to help states expand broadband coverage.