Maryland Rural Broadband

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The state of Maryland has launched the "SpeedSurvey" website. Residents can visit https://maryland.speedsurvey.org to test the speed of their internet connection on computers, tablets and smartphones or to report an address that does not have service.

We encourage every Marylander to take part in the SpeedSurvey. The data we obtain from the survey will help us better understand Marylanders' needs as well as verify Federal Communications Commission data which will help our planning efforts and ultimately drive more federal dollars to the state.

The Office of Rural Broadband’s mission is to ensure that every rural Marylander has access to broadband services, regardless of their zip code. Through partnerships with local jurisdictions and the private sector, the Office offers funding and technical assistance to help entities qualify for federal financing opportunities. The Office also has initiated a broadband funding structure through the Local Government Infrastructure Financing (LGIF) program at the DHCD to complement other funding sources. Through these efforts, Maryland will reduce, and eventually eliminate rural communities and residents being underserved by the current internet infrastructure.

Request for Service Area Information

The Office of Rural Broadband (Office) has accepted funding applications for projects that will provide broadband service to unserved, rural areas. In an effort to ensure that our limited funding is directed to unserved areas (areas lacking 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream service with a maximum 50ms latency), we are requesting that incumbent Internet Service Providers (ISP) provide information on the limits of their service areas as they relate to the areas of funding requests. The information provided will be considered a challenge to the unserved claim made by the applicant. We have provided a listing of jurisdictions and geographic areas where project funding applications have been received in pdf form found utilizing the link below.  These areas are not application specific nor do they portray the exact project limits included in the applications​.

Any ISP wishing to submit their service area information must provide the information required in the linked Statement of Existing Service Area no later than 5:00 p.m. eastern prevailing time on March 26, 2021.

Funding Opportunities

Application for Expansion of Existing Broadband Networks Grant Program (formerly the Broadband Pilot Program)
This program offers grants of up to $200,000 to Local Jurisdictions for 50% of the construction costs related to an ISP extending service to unserved households. The ISP’s partner with the Local Jurisdiction and use their existing network to provide service. A 100% match is required for this grant opportunity.

Program applications are due January 15, 2021

Request for Interest: Federal Funding Application Assistance
This program offers 100% grants to Local Jurisdictions or their ISP partner for the cost associated with Federal Funding Applications. The grant may pay for the cost of market studies, engineering, legal financial and other approved services provided by outside consultants necessary for a Federal Funding Application preparation. The application window has closed, check back to see when the FY21 window will open.

Application for Broadband Network Infrastructure Grant Program This program will offer grants of between $1 Million and $3 Million to Local Jurisdictions or their ISP partner to construct new broadband networks to service unserved, rural households. The grant may pay for up to 50% of the capital construction costs associated with providing service to unserved, rural homes and businesses. A 100% match is required for this grant opportunity, with some exceptions​​.

Program applications are due January 29, 2021​

More information:

Kenrick M. Gordon, Director
Governor's Office of Rural Broadband
kenrick.gordon@maryland.gov
301-429-7426​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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