Maryland Set for High-Speed Internet Expansion, Thanks to Federal Funding: Addressing the Digital Divide
The Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ initiative has marked Maryland to receive over $260 million for high-speed Internet access, marking a significant leap towards closing the digital gap.
“What this announcement means for people across the country is that if you don’t have access to quality, affordable high-speed Internet service now – you will, thanks to President Biden and his commitment to investing in America,”Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program’s Role in Maryland
Maryland’s allocation comes from the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. With $267,738,400.71 dedicated to Maryland, the state can administer local grant programs, creating the potential for job growth and long-term economic development.
Propelling Maryland’s Digital Leap and Economic Advancement
This funding is expected to enhance participation in the digital economy, spur local fiber-optic cable production, and catalyze job growth in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: A Modern Essential in Maryland
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” stated Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. This sizable investment from the Biden-Harris administration reflects their commitment to ensuring Internet access for all Maryland residents.
Maryland’s BEAD Funding Breakdown
Maryland will receive $267,738,400.71 from the BEAD program. This funding will be used to deploy or upgrade broadband networks, ensuring reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services for every Marylander.
Looking Ahead: Driving Economic and Social Progress in Maryland
In accordance with long-termist principles, this investment is anticipated to propel economic and social progress in Maryland for years to come. Beyond immediate impacts, the initiative lays the groundwork for a brighter, more digitally connected future for the Free State.
State allocations and funding details
In total $42.45 billion in funds will be allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories.
A detailed list of funding allocations for each state, D.C., and the territories can be found on InternetForAll.Gov.
Here’s how it breaks down:
|District of Columbia||$100,694,786.93|
|Northern Mariana Islands||$80,796,709.02|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||$27,103,240.86|