Annapolis, Md. (DELMARVA NEWS NOW) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced a $9.9 million expansion of affordable broadband internet access for some 225,000 rural Marylanders.
The Governor signed a 2017 executive order creating the Office of Rural Broadband, which has the expressed purpose of expanding broadband capabilities statewide in underserved and rural areas.
The Governor said “Maryland is ranked number one in America for having the fastest internet and we have been working hard to provide high-speed internet to every county in the state.” He continued “Today I’m announcing that we will provide an additional $10 million this year as the first installment of a five-year $100 million initiative that will finally provide another 225,000 Marylanders in rural communities with access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet services.”
The latest announcement follows up to other recent improvements in rural broadband access including $100,000 each for 11 small broadband pilot projects in 5 counties, $60,000 each for six counties’ broadband feasibility studies and a 2018 summer conference that examined the needs and status of each county’s broadband expansion efforts.