LEONARDTOWN, MD – Breezeline, the eighth-largest cable operator in the U.S., will partner with state and local officials in Maryland to extend the availability of broadband internet in Cecil, St. Mary’s, and Queen Anne’s Counties.

The partnership will extend broadband access to 524 homes and businesses in the three counties. The State will contribute $3.68 million toward the $4.3 million project, while Breezeline will contribute $347,000 and the local counties will contribute $309,000.

The grant applications were submitted through the Maryland Network Infrastructure Grant Program and the state’s Neighborhood Connect Broadband Funding Program, both of which are designed to help extend broadband services into previously unserved areas. The programs are funded and administered through Maryland’s Office of Statewide Broadband.

Once grant agreements are executed with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, walkout and design phases of the project will begin. The projects have an estimated completion date of late 2023 (Cecil and St. Mary’s) and summer 2024 (Queen Anne’s).

“We are excited to partner with local county officials and the State to extend our broadband reach even further into these communities,” said William T. Newborg, Director of Grants and Funding for Breezeline. “We look forward to bringing the performance and reliability of high-speed broadband to these rural Maryland communities to support work-from-home, telemedicine, education, and other vital needs.”

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

The three-county initiative in Maryland is one of the multiple private-public broadband partnerships that Breezeline has pursued to expand the reach of broadband across its service areas. With support from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (also known as the CARES Act), the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative, and other partnerships, Breezeline have completed additional expansion projects in Mathews, Caroline, Lancaster, Middlesex counties and King George counties in Virginia, St. Mary’s and Queen Anne’s counties in Maryland, and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

For more information on broadband internet in St. Mary’s County, please go to https://www.stmarysmd.com/IT/Broadband/.


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