Join the Maryland Rural Broadband Forum: Empowering Communities through Connectivity

The Rural Maryland Council and USDA Rural Development will be hosting a regional rural broadband forum on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Follow the registration link here. To view the draft agenda, visit here.

Connect with other stakeholders interested in broadband access and discuss ways to maximize available funding for rural broadband initiatives. Enjoy breakout sessions on the latest broadband technologies, funding for broadband infrastructure projects, making your community attractive to providers, and using public-private partnerships for broadband development.

For questions about the forum, contact Charlotte Davis at charlotte.davis@maryland.gov. For more information on broadband access across Maryland and its counties click here.


Broadband has the ability to bridge the digital divide and provide equal access to high-speed internet services for residents in rural areas. Some of the key reasons why a rural broadband program is significant in Maryland:

  1. Economic growth and development through the establishment of new businesses and job creation
  2. Improvements in education and diverse learning opportunities
  3. Advancements in healthcare and telemedicine
  4. Improvements in agriculture and farming
  5. Modernized government services and increased citizen engagement
  6. Improvements in quality of life and increased social connectivity

Overall, a rural broadband program in Maryland plays a crucial role in fostering economic growth, improving education and healthcare services, empowering farmers, enhancing government services, and enhancing the overall quality of life for residents in rural areas. Be a part of the discussion Wednesday, June 21, 2023.