Maryland Wins $115 Million Stimulus Grant to Expand Broadband

The state of Maryland has landed $115 million in new federal stimulus grants to extend broadband Internet service to rural and underserved communities across the state.

The funding, awarded by the Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, will be used to build more than 1,200 miles of high-speed Internet line, linking together three independent broadband networks.

The project is aimed at bringing affordable broadband to more than 1,000 “anchor” institutions, including schools, libraries and emergency centers, in areas that until now have had little or no connectivity. Maryland officials say the funds are expected to create more than 800 new jobs now, as well as another 800 jobs in the future.

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