Verizon will make its Fios fiber broadband service available to almost 4,000 previously unserved Maryland homes and businesses in a deployment funded, in part, through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
As Telecompetitor previously reported, the state of Maryland awarded Verizon about $11 million recently in an ARPA-funded broadband program. Today’s news is Verizon’s official announcement of those deployment plans.
Verizon will contribute more than $14 million toward total project costs of $26 million.
Deployments will be made in Charles, Garrett, Cecil, Howard, St. Mary’s and Washington counties and will include more than 500 miles of fiber.
“Verizon is focused on delivering high-speed internet service and the major economic benefits that it can provide, especially in unserved and underserved areas,” Kwame Trotman, Verizon’s Vice President of Wireline Network Operations-Mid-Atlantic South Region, said in a press release. “More people than ever across Maryland will have access to our 100% fiber Fios internet service to fuel how they work, live and play.”
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The Verizon funding was among multiple awards made by the Connect Maryland Infrastructure Grant Program, which is administered by Maryland’s Office of State Broadband. In all, $92 million was awarded. That amount will be combined with contributions from providers to reach a total investment of about $143 million.
Verizon’s $11 million was far from the largest amount awarded. Choptank Electric Co-operative and competitive provider Quantum Telecommunications will receive about $16 million and $15.3 million, respectively. Comcast is receiving about $14.4 million, and $9.3 million will go to Shentel. In all, the projects will make broadband available to 14,500 homes and businesses.