Broadband summit slated for Wichita

The state will host the Kansas Broadband Summit Sunday through Mondayat the Wichita Marriott to bring together industry, government and civic leaders to discuss Kansas' broadband Internet push.

The effort is designed to build health care, education, economic development and government service in areas of Kansas that have little or no high-speed Internet access.

Speakers are to include: Lt. Gov. Troy Findley; Sharon Gillett, Federal Communications Commission; and David Villano, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service.

The effort, called Connect Kansas, was created last year by the federal stimulus act, which is devoting $7.2 billion to help states expand broadband Internet to rural and other underserved areas.

Nine Kansas companies and organizations received $147 million in grants and loans.

At the summit, an interactive map of Kansas detailing broadband data from nearly every corner of the state will be unveiled. It will allow people and businesses to research broadband connectivity in their area.

The state received $6.4 million to build the map and do other planning work.