Lack of broadband still exists in Kansas after $1B in subsidies

Do government subsidies go where they should – to areas of Kansas where little to no broadband service exists?

The Kansas Universal Service Fund is a nearly 20-year-old program created to help deliver better telecommunication services to rural areas. Since its inception, nearly $1 billion of consumer fees have been collected by the state and have been dispersed to eligible telecommunication providers to help equalize the pricing of telephone service in rural parts of the state.

Not long ago, the state Legislature attempted to put a cap on the fund and not force Kansas taxpayers to pick up the tab for a reduction in money coming from Washington.

House Bill 2131 would change that.

(Read more: Hays Post)

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