New grant funding to expand broadband internet access in Wicomico County
WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – $9.8 million in grant funding will connect thousands of households in Wicomico County to the internet.
It comes from the Maryland Office of Statewide Broadband, allowing Talkie Communications to build stronger internet service to nearly 1,000 homes.
These households currently have no existing service includes areas with anything under 25 megabits.
The 157 miles of fiber-optic internet will mostly cover the Pittsville area and will stretch to Old Eden Road in Eden, MD.
No county funds will be used for the project but officials say they played a big role in getting these homes connected. “The county spent about a year preparing for this grant and they were the ones identifying the areas that had no internet service so that made it possible for us to win the grant,” Talkie Communications Co-Owner Andre Demattia said.
“We have a three year time line to bring the fiber to the county but we believe we can do it in a year.”
While this funding covers Wicomico County, we’re told there are plans in the works to expand to other counties.
The total estimated cost of the project is $13.3 million, with Talkie Communications providing the other $3.5 million.
To learn more about Talkie Communications, click here