Gov. Hogan announces $10 million in grant awards to expand broadband access for education

Governor Larry Hogan
Posted at 11:53 AM, Aug 13, 2020

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan announced $10 million in grant awards to support expanded broadband access for education.

The Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband has awarded nearly $8 million in grant assistance to increase internet access for Maryland public school students. Approximately $2 million will support feasibility and design studies for a new statewide wireless network solely dedicated for educational use.

The grant funding will be provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband.

21 out Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions applied for and received additional resources. In urban areas where students have access to broadband infrastructure, the grants will be used to help currently unserved students obtain internet service from an existing provider.

In rural areas where broadband infrastructure does not exist, the grants will be used to provide wireless access to students with cellular hotspots or similar resources. View the full list of grantees.

Funding will also support feasibility studies and design for a statewide fixed wireless network to further expand access for unserved students in rural areas.

The Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband will work with local partners to incorporate existing vertical assets, such as communications towers and water towers, as part of the network infrastructure.

This network is expected to be operational by the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.