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Gov. Hogan Creates ‘Office of Rural Broadband’

Governor Larry Hogan recently  announced at the 2017 Maryland Municipal League Conference that he had signed an executive order creating the Office of Rural Broadband in the hopes of providing high-speed internet access to the more rural areas of the state. “It’s about time that happened,” Hogan said. “Very shortly we’ll be appointing a director  Read the Rest…

Nearly 200 Stakeholders Discuss Internet Access Equity at Regional Rural Broadband Forum

When nearly 200 business leaders, economic development professionals and state and local government officials came together to discuss bringing affordable, high-speed internet service to rural Maryland, the “why” was not up for debate. However, when it came to “how” the options were numerous and the financing was challenging to say the least. Josh Hastings, RMC  Read the Rest…

Forum Tackles Rural Broadband Expansion in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In many areas of the Eastern Shore, broadband is just not available. “It’s frustrating — we learned that the broadband trunk line goes right down the Eastern Shore for the hospitals, but there’s no access for the little towns like Berlin. We want to offer our businesses reliable WiFi,” said Ann McGinnis  Read the Rest…

Regional Rural Broadband Forum a Great Success

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) partnered together to host a Regional Rural Broadband Forum on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis, Maryland. Internet access is becoming an important aspect of rural life and a top priority for many rural residents. Broadband  Read the Rest…

A PowerPoint presentation of the speakers at this event can be found here.

Governor Signs Connecting Rural Maryland Act of 2017

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On May 25, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed into law Senate Bill 717/ House Bill 1169 – Connecting Rural Maryland Act of 2017. The legislation establishes the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless, and Cellular Service. The 22-member task force, which includes four members of the Senate and four members of  Read the Rest…

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