Broadband providers can now apply for $300 million in funding for projects to benefit unserved and underserved Kentucky communities. The announcement Wednesday came six days after Kentucky State Budget Director John Hicks told the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue that the request for proposals (RFP) was nearly ready.
During the 2021 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, lawmakers allocated $300 million of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund portion of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to deliver broadband to those with little or no internet service. Kentucky will award $50 million by April 2022.
According to a release from Governor Andy Beshear’s office, “Proposals will be accepted until October 25 and will be evaluated based upon the applicants’ ability to meet defined conditions in order to receive funding.”
The evaluation and award process timelines are still to be determined.
The RFP is available on the state’s vendor self-service portal.
The governor’s office announced that more than two dozen interested parties responded to the request for information (RFI) leading up to the RFP release. Kentucky used the information received from the RFI to develop the formal solicitation.