Pioneer Communications, a leading telecommunications service provider in Western Kansas, is proud to acknowledge its selection as one of the eight recipients of grant funding recently announced by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. The $5 million of grant funds will support high-speed broadband access projects across ten rural Kansas counties, including the eastern region of Stevens County.
The funds, part of the Broadband Acceleration Grants program, are designed to bring essential internet access to underserved communities across Kansas. Facilitated by the Kansas Office of Broadband Development, the program has already invested over $31.5 million in broadband infrastructure since its establishment in 2020. Pioneer Communications plans to construct an underground fiber optic network with initial offerings of 1Gbps/1Gbps symmetrical speeds scalable to 10Gbps/10Gbps in the future to this area.
Kasey Krueger, Assistant CEO of Pioneer Communications, expressed gratitude for the grant, stating, “Pioneer Communications is honored to be awarded a grant through the BAG 3.0 Program. The support from the Kansas Office of Broadband Development has been invaluable, and having the ability to bring fiber to the underserved areas of western Kansas is extremely exciting and rewarding.”
For more than 70 years, Pioneer Communications has been the provider of choice for telecommunications services in southwest Kansas. With a service territory spanning over 5,000 square miles across 13 counties, Pioneer Communications is proud to support local communities and keep Southwest Kansas connected to the world. For more information about Pioneer Communications and fiber internet, visit www.pioncomm.net.