OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill that aims to provide high-speed internet to 95% of Oklahomans by 2027.
“This is a great day for all my friends in rural Oklahoma,” said Stitt. “Digital transformation has been a priority of mine since the day I took office, and I am so proud to be delivering expanded broadband infrastructure to all corners of Oklahoma. High-speed internet access is critical to making Oklahoma a Top Ten state and will make a generational impact.”
The bill goes into effect right away and creates the Oklahoma Broadband Office, which will be fully funded with federal money and wind down when the project is done.
Stitt has tasked Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary of Digital Transformation Steven Harpe with overseeing the state’s broadband expansion efforts.
Stitt said Harpe has experience in multiple information technology and operational roles.