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Maryland Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program

Maryland Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program, is facilitated by the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MdBC) and the Office of Statewide Broadband through an award provided by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

MdBC provides middle mile interconnection and internet backhaul services to its members. In order for an area to receive broadband services, provisions for the new network to connect to the internet must be in place. MdBC will construct fiber optic networks into unserved, rural areas that will connect to and utilize MdBC’s existing Open Access network. The newly constructed infrastructure will be made available to members for use in delivery of last mile (“retail”) broadband services in accordance with MdBC’s operating policies.

The match for this grant will be provided by the last mile infrastructure to be constructed by MdBC’s members and MdBC will offer reduced rates for the use of the funded infrastructure.

Completed Projects Available to Members

ALLEGANY COUNTY 

Lonaconing

  • This project included the installation of approximately 4 miles of fiber passing 310 homes, 9 businesses and 1 school.
  • Construction Completed

CAROLINE COUNTY 

Linkwood to Federalsburg

  • In Progress

CHARLES COUNTY 

Charlotte Hall

  • This project included the installation of approximately 5.6 miles of fiber passing 181 homes, 5 businesses and 1 existing tower.
  • Construction Completed

DORCHESTER COUNTY 

Elliott Island

  • This project included the installation of approximately 11.4 miles of fiber passing 82 homes and 1 business.
  • Construction Completed

Toddville

  • This project included the installation of approximately 4 miles of fiber passing 109 homes, 5 businesses and 1 existing tower.
  • Construction Completed 

Linkwood to Federalsburg

  • In Progress

GARRETT COUNTY 

Grantsville Swanton

  • In Progress

ST. MARY’S COUNTY 

Charlotte Hall

  • This project included the installation of approximately 5.6 miles of fiber passing 181 homes, 5 businesses and 1 existing tower.
  • Construction Completed

WICOMICO COUNTY 

Hebron

  • This project included the installation of approximately 6.2 miles of fiber passing 126 homes, 2 businesses and 1 existing tower.
  • Construction Completed

Quantico

  • This project included the installation of approximately 5 miles of fiber passing 117 homes, 3 businesses and 1 school.
  • Construction Completed

Tyaskin to Bivalve

  • This project included the installation of approximately 13 miles of fiber passing 228 homes, 5 businesses and 1 school, and 3 existing towers. 

  • Construction Completed

Waterview

  • This project included the installation of approximately 4.8 miles of fiber passing 160 homes and 5 businesses.
  • Construction Completed 

Deer Creek

  • This project included the installation of approximately 2.9 miles of fiber passing 73 homes, 4 businesses and 1 existing tower.
  • Construction Completed 

About Current Projects

Each area selected for an award was selected based on the lack of broadband services in the area, but with an eye to the potential for expansion and delivery of last mile broadband service. The grant is being made in accordance with an existing MOU between DHCD and MdBC. MdBC will be responsible for all ongoing operating and maintenance costs relating to the network.