>Officials celebrate broadband network milestone

>Project will link schools, hospitals and more across state
by Alan Brody, Staff Writer

ELKRIDGE Declaring broadband Internet access essential for private sector growth and to link schools, hospitals and other institutions across Maryland, federal, state and local elected officials gathered at a Howard County warehouse this week to formally celebrate a milestone in the years-long effort to extend high-speed service to rural communities….

…In addition to the federal money, Maryland has pledged to chip in $32 million to the effort.

Once it is completed, the fiber-optic network will link more than 1,000 schools, libraries, public safety agencies and other facilities, spanning 4,200 square miles across Maryland, and linking the Wallops Island (Va.) NASA facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to the far reaches of Garrett County in Western Maryland. The alliance includes 715 of the to-be-connected institutions.

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