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Funding will help bring broadband service to 15,000 more homes and expand wireless infrastructure for Maryland schools and students
Awards for local jurisdictions, internet service providers, educational and community organizations

Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan announced today that, through the state Connect Maryland initiative, the Office of Statewide Broadband has awarded more than $127.6 million to local jurisdictions, Internet service providers, educational and community organizations to increase high-speed Internet access and affordability. The funding will help bring broadband service to approximately 15,000 currently unserved or underserved homes, while specific education grants will both expand infrastructure and provide wireless devices and equipment. to kindergarten through 12th graders in Maryland.

The governor made the announcement at the launch of a series of events in Harford County to highlight the administration’s initiatives and accomplishments.

“Last summer, we boosted our investment in broadband with the launch of Connect Maryland, for a total new investment of $400 million for the expansion of broadband access, and to fully close the divide digital for everyone across our state,” Governor Hogan said. “Thanks to these efforts, broadband is now available to more than 95% of Marylanders, and a new national survey has ranked Maryland as the most improved state in America for business and they cited our progress in terms of infrastructure and broadband access as part of this success. Our goal is to provide universal broadband to everyone in every corner of the state. Connect Maryland is the groundbreaking initiative that will help us get there, and it’s another way to change Maryland for the better.


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The prizes were awarded through four grant programs, and the full list of winners is available here:

  • The Connect Maryland Network Infrastructure Grant Program provides between $1 million and $10 million to local jurisdictions or their Internet service provider partners to build new broadband networks to serve unserved homes. The program requires matching funds.
  • The Neighborhood Connect Broadband Grant Program provides between $50,000 and $500,000 to local jurisdictions and their Internet service provider partners to extend existing broadband service to unserved areas. The program requires matching funds depending on the funded project, and the local jurisdiction or internet service provider may own the funded assets.
  • The Connected Communities Program helps local community organizations, nonprofits, and anchor institutions create Gap Networks and a community network designed to address the affordability challenge faced by many low-to-moderate income households when they subscribe to an Internet service. The program offers grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 for the construction, deployment, expansion or continuation of these networks.
  • The Maryland Education Emergency Relief Grant offers grants between $50,000 and $350,000 to K-12 students and relevant school staff to fill the gap for students who do not have the necessary internet access or the devices they need to connect to classrooms. Eligible applicants are schools, libraries and anchor institutions.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman also participated in today’s event. He said: “I am proud of our public-private partnerships to extend broadband to North Harford County. »

Created by executive order in 2017, the Office of Rural Broadband, hosted by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, was created to extend statewide broadband capabilities to underserved rural areas of Maryland. Recognizing that there are different needs beyond rural areas and that different solutions may be needed, it was re-codified as the Office of Statewide Broadband in 2021, to ensure that all households in Maryland who want broadband there have access. To date, the Bureau has invested approximately $195.7 million in broadband infrastructure and access projects and programs, and these efforts have brought high-speed Internet access to approximately 30,000 unserved homes in the whole state. For more information on the Office of Statewide Broadband, visit: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Broadband/.

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