Maryland Investing Millions in Affordable, High-Speed Internet Access
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland is committing more than $127.6 million in funding to increase high-speed Internet access and affordability across the state.
Gov. Larry Hogan revealed the news during several stops in Harford County on Friday.
The state estimates that 15,000 households will benefit from the funding, which comes from the following four grant programs:
- 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 that many low-to-moderate income households face 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.
The full list of recipients is available here.