Lower Eastern Shore non-profits to receive 200 laptops, 50 hot spots
CRISFIELD, Md. – Eleven local non profit organizations are getting closer to closing the digital divide, thanks to a donation from Maryland officials. “It’s just a wonderful program. There’s lots of community partners that are involved,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
Wednesday, Gov. Hogan announced the donation of more than 200 laptops and 50 mobile hotspots to non-profit organizations on the Lower Eastern Shore. This was done in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and the Department of General Services. The laptops and hot spots will be distributed throughout Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. “We’re investing $400 million in broadband to make sure we can ensure those across the state that they had access to high-speed Internet,” said Gov. Hogan.
Back in august, Gov. Hogan announced the creation of Connect Maryland. The initiative was created in the hopes of closing that final gap in internet access by investing in broadband expansion. “We’re at about 95%, but we haven’t finished that last mile for everyone. But, you also need the technology and the hardware and the computers actually get online.”