Governor Jeff Colyer Signs Senate Substitute for HB 2701 into Law Creating Broadband Expansion Task Force
Salina – Governor Jeff Colyer signed Senate Substitute for HB 2701 into law today during a ceremony held at Cox Solutions in Salina, KS. This bill establishes the Statewide Broadband Expansion Planning Task Force. The Task Force will advise and make recommendations regarding broadband issues and accessibility across Kansas.
“The issue of broadband accessibility has been discussed for many years and now it is time to take action,” said Governor Colyer.
The mission of the Task Force is to work collaboratively to develop an approach that includes the creation of a statewide map for evaluating broadband needs of Kansas citizens, business, industries, institutions, and organizations. Once those needs are identified, the task force should identify and document risks, issues, and constraints associated with a statewide broadband expansion and develop criteria for prioritizing the expansion of broadband services across Kansas.
The Task Force will be composed of 17 individuals including House and Senate members, representatives from counties, municipalities, phone and telecommunications associations, various carriers, Electric Co-Ops, and others.
“We can and must do everything in our power to continue providing Kansas citizens access to technological advancements,” said Gov. Colyer, “As the world continues to change and advance, we want Kansas to be able to lead the way.”
The Governor has now signed 65 bills into law this session. By law, the Kansas governor has 10 calendar days to sign bills into law, veto bills or allow bills to become law without his signature.