TOPEKA - House Minority Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence, announced today that Rep. Tom Burroughs, Kansas City, has been appointed to serve on the  KAN-ED Study Commission.

KAN-ED was created in 2001 as a public-private partnership with more than 20 communications companies and cable providers. Today, it provides high-speed computer connections to more than 400 schools, colleges, libraries, and hospitals. The program allows rural schools to provide distance learning services, rural libraries to provide research databases, and rural hospitals to provide critical services to patients.

“Rep. Burroughs has been a longtime member of the General Government Budget Committee, which has directly overseen the KAN-ED program since it was created,” said Davis. “He offers the common sense and institutional knowledge that will help this committee accomplish its goals.”

The KAN-Ed Study Commission is charged with the task of reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of the KAN-ED Program. The commission will review a variety of components, including the economic value of KAN-ED, the utilization of KAN-ED funds, and possible alternative programs for providing these rural facilities broadband Internet access.

Burroughs has been a member of the Kansas House of Representatives since 1997 and was elected Assistant House Minority Leader in 2010.  He represents the 33rd House District, which includes portions of Kansas City and Lake Quivira.  

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