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Maryland invests $19.6 million to bridge digital divide

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ANNAPOLIS, MD—An initiative to close the digital divide in Maryland has awarded $19.6 million in grants to provide internet access to 2,400 previously unserved households.

The governor’s office announced the grants as part of a $270 million plan to expand broadband access across the state, which includes a $19.6 million grant to provide internet access to 2,400 previously unserved households.

The grants are part of a broader plan to close the digital divide in Maryland, which includes a $19.6 million grant to provide internet access to 2,400 previously unserved households.

“To leave no one behind, we need to get everyone online — especially those who have been historically beyond the reach of traditional efforts to narrow the digital divide,” said Gov. Moore. “By moving in partnership, we are extending broadband access to more Marylanders, meeting people where they are, and creating new pathways to prosperity for all.”

The money will be used by the state’s Office of Statewide Broadband to fund projects to provide internet access to homes and businesses in areas without adequate connectivity.

The state expects to award additional grants in the coming weeks as part of a second program to provide internet access to more Maryland households.

“Access to high-speed internet is essential to building equitable pathways to economic, educational, and social opportunities for all Marylanders,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Jake Day. “These funds will help the Office of Statewide Broadband partner with local governments and internet service providers to close critical, ‘home stretch’ gaps in their broadband infrastructure to provide that essential access for unserved homes in their communities.”

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

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