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Kansas Broadband Affected by Federal Legislation


Kansas is one of the most extreme examples of innaccurate broadband availability for both fixed and mobile services. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran and U.S. Representative Ron Estes are two of six federal lawmakers encouraging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the accuracy of data they collect because that data is used to determine where billions of dollars are allocated for broadband.


The legislators are pointing out to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Parsons native, that due to the way data is being collected, rural communities are particularly threatened by the current collection policy, and could cause Kansas communities to be denied eligibility to participate in federal programs, even there is critical need.


In a letter to the FCC Chairman, they ask to effectively allocate federal resources to unserved and underserved communities, urging the FCC to take immediate action to improve the granularity and accuracy of broadband availability maps, especially as new broadband funding initiatives like the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund are rolled out.

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