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January 18, 2024
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Kansas has a new director of its Office of Broadband Development. The state's Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland recently appointed Jade Piros de Carvalho to fill the role.
She comes from the independent rural internet service provider Ideatek, where she was its director of industry and community relations for six and a half years. She is also the mayor of Hutchinson, a city of 40,000 northwest of Wichita.
“I will be in charge of administering broadband acceleration grants as part of the 10-year Kansas Comprehensive Transportation Plan passed in 2020. It will distribute $5 million the first year and $10 million annually the next seven,” she told The Hutchinson News.
Ideatek received one of those grants in early May. It was also one of the ISPs that participated in the recent announcement from the Biden administration that it had brokered a deal to provide free and discounted internet service to low income Americans.
Piros de Carvalho sounds perfect for the role: She was in charge of Ideatek's advocacy efforts for broadband expansion, as well as digital equity. And as mayor, she takes a strong interest in Hutchinson's general infrastructure.
You can find out more about Kansas' broadband profile and explore its current broadband coverage and demographic data through our Kansas state profile page and portal.