Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host a session on rural broadband at MACo’s Summer Conference.
MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity to Phase III WIP to school funding.
Kenrick Gordan, Director of the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband, will present on what has been accomplished so far in Maryland to expand high-speed internet access across the state. County officials will learn about funding opportunities and what the future holds for rural broadband in the Maryland.
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.
Don’t miss this session, “Rural Broadband: What We’ve Done and Where We’re Going,” scheduled for Friday, August 16, from 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm.
This session is part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase series and is hosted by MACo’s Summer Conference registration sponsor, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Be sure to visit DHCD in booths 121 and 122, or in the registration foyer, at MACo’s Summer Conference. Thank you, DHCD, for your support!
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