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Mikulski announces broadband initiative at HCC
Submitted by Leigh-Anne Mauk on Tue, 09/21/2010 - 10:38am
On Mon, Sept. 20, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Md. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown held a special press conference to announce a $115 million dollar federal grant awarded to Maryland by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The press conference was held in the Elliott Center, located on the upper level of the Career Programs Building on HCC’s main campus.
Following remarks by Guy Altieri, HCC President, Mikulski and Brown explained that the grant will fund the expansion of high-speed broadband Internet throughout the state of Maryland. According to Mikulski, Maryland will be the first state in the U.S. to offer broadband in every county, especially in underserved areas where businesses and residents have not previously had broadband access.
The primary purpose of the grant is to create jobs, improve educational opportunities for state residents, and improve both health care delivery and public safety. According to a press release distributed by Mikulski’s office prior to the event, the grant will link seven anchor institutions, including HCC, in Washington County alone. Mikulski estimated that the project should begin within the next 18 months.
To learn more about this initiative, read the Herald-Mail article.