Charles Pilot Program Extends Broadband to Residents With Long Driveways

Charles County is piloting a new broadband grant program to help residents cover the costs of installing service drops — the connection from the right-of-way to the customer’s premises to the existing broadband network — for homes/businesses at the end of long, private driveways.

For a property to qualify for the program, local internet providers (Comcast, Verizon, or ThinkBig) must be able to serve the home or business and be willing to partner with the County on the initiative.

According to a Charles County press release:

The pilot program County staff will review applications on a rolling basis to determine eligibility and funding amounts. Residents are encouraged to apply even if they are unsure of their eligibility status. Properties who are not eligible or able to be funded through this pilot program may qualify for future broadband projects.

The funding for the program is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Visit the Charles County website for more information on the pilot program.