Gov. Wes Moore announced Friday the award of more than 133,000 laptops to 27 local governments and their partners for distribution to underserved households in communities across Maryland.
The $27.2 million investment through the Office of Statewide Broadband’s Connected Devices Program is part of an effort to ensure Marylanders have the technology required to access reliable, high-speed internet.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, where the Office of Statewide Broadband is housed, awarded grants to all 27 of the jurisdictions that applied. Requests ranged from 10 to 30,000 devices. Awards were made between two rounds in February 2023 and October 2023. Most jurisdictions also received funding to help pay for the distribution of devices.
The department has partnered with HP Inc. and Daly Computers to supply nearly 135,000 Chromebooks across the state. The department also partnered with the University of Maryland’s TechExtension, which provides free, one-on-one tech support through its digital navigator program to any Marylander that needs assistance with a device.
To view the full list of local governments and community partners that received devices, click here.