Breezeline partners with local government to expand broadband in rural Maryland

US Cable MSO Breezeline says it has partnered with state and county officials to improve broadband services in the Maryland counties of Cecil, St. Mary’s and Queen Anne’s. The state’s Office of Statewide Broadband will provide most of the funding for the project

Breezeline plans to serve 524 homes and businesses in the three project counties. Work will begin after grant agreements are signed with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Cable MSO expects infrastructure deployment to be complete by the end of 2023 in Cecil and St. Mary’s counties and the following summer in Queen Anne’s.

The project is expected to cost $4.3 million. The state has pledged to contribute $3.68 million, with Breezeline kicking in $347,000 and the three counties adding a total of $309,000. Grant applications were submitted through the Maryland Network Infrastructure Grant Program and the state’s Neighborhood Connect Broadband Funding Program.

Separately, Breezeline has also partnered with the St. Mary’s County School Board to receive a $339,000 grant from the Maryland Emergency Education Relief (MEER) grant program to help connect 23 more student households in Maryland. .

“We are thrilled to partner with Breezeline and the State of Maryland to address the connectivity needs of rural communities,” said Randy Guy, Chairman of the County Commissioner of St. Mary’s. “St. Mary’s County has taken a strategic approach to improving the county’s broadband infrastructure by leveraging available grants to bring broadband to otherwise hard-to-reach areas of our communities.

“We are thrilled to partner with local county and state officials to further expand our broadband reach in these communities,” said William T. Newborg, Breezeline’s Director of Grants and Funding. “We look forward to bringing the performance and reliability of broadband to these rural communities in Maryland to support work from home, telemedicine, education and other vital needs.”

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