On Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced a $35 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act to expand broadband access.
“From our students to our older adults, Baltimoreans struggled to learn virtually, work from home and access needed telemedicine on unreliable slow connections and limited access to broadband,” Scott said. “Today’s $35 million investment with American Rescue Plan dollars is about taking an active role and kickstarting our efforts to not just bridge the divide, but close it once and for all, with a strong focus on our residents and neighborhoods lacking access.
According to a news release sent from Scott's office, the investment will expand city fiber to the remaining 23 Baltimore recreation centers not already on the city’s network. The city will install at least 100 secure, free public Wi-Fi hot spots across 10 west Baltimore neighborhoods. A digital equity coordinator and staff with expertise in fiber engineering, operations, and tech support will also be hired.
The news comes one month after Scott announced that the Baltimore City Health Department would receive $80 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to fund the city's fight against COVID-19.... Read More: WBAL