Business, Education

Three BCPS students named grand prize winners in Lyric Education’s 5th Annual Dream Big Contest

TOWSON, MD— Half of the six grand prize winners (“Visionaries”) in Lyric Education’s Annual Dream Big Contest are Baltimore County Public Schools’ students. The Lyric Baltimore contest challenged Baltimore-area students in Grades 5 -12 to create poems, essays, or videos about their dreams for their lives, communities, or schools. The BCPS students named Visionaries are: Xin Yue Lu, Grade 10, …


Business, Politics, Sci-Tech

Governor Hogan announces over $2 million in awards for Baltimore County broadband Infrastructure

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced awards to expand broadband internet access to more than 12,000 households in 18 counties. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office of Statewide Broadband (OSB), $29,472,131 in grant funding will support network infrastructure projects by local internet service providers that will provide connectivity to unserved or underserved communities in …


County Executive Olszewski announces over $2 million in grant awards to expand rural broadband access

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday announced that Baltimore County will receive $2.25 million in grant awards from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband to significantly expand access to rural broadband in Baltimore County. Baltimore County and Comcast are expected to expand broadband access to nearly 900 residences …

Major internet outage hits northeast U.S., BCPS students affected

NOTTINGHAM, MD—A major internet outage left many East Coast users unable to access many online services on Tuesday. On Twitter, users reported being unable to access Google, Zoom, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, etc. All related Google products, including Google Meet and Gmail, were also down for residents in the northeastern U.S. Down Detector confirmed that Google, Verizon, Comcast, YouTube, Google Classroom, …

New state-of-the-art Xfinity Store by Comcast to open on THE AVENUE at White Marsh

WHITE MARSH, MD—A new state-of-the-art Xfinity Store by Comcast will soon be opening at THE AVENUE at White Marsh. Xfinity Stores by Comcast are stocked with their full product lineup, including Xfinity Mobile, so customers can try their services firsthand. Representatives at this new location will also be available to help with a variety of tasks, including: Paying your bill. …

Maryland Public Service Commission prohibits utility shut-offs through November 15, 2020

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Public Service Commission, in an emergency action, has prohibited residential utility service terminations through November 15, 2020. Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order prohibiting service terminations and late fees is set to expire on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The Commission, which on Monday concluded hearings to examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on customers and utility finances, …

Baltimore County to offer exterior WiFi at select library branch locations

TOWSON, MD—As Baltimore County continues to identify ways to assist residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday announced new exterior WiFi resources at Baltimore County Public Library branches to support students and other residents without high-speed internet access. “This crisis has upended life in countless ways, and it requires us to find creative solutions to the …

Comcast Announces COVID-19 Response: Opens Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, Offers Free Unlimited Data

BALTIMORE, MD—On the heels of offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program’s service to 25/3 Mbps, Comcast on Friday announced additional steps to help ensure people stay connected to the Internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to coronavirus. “During this …