Anne Arundel County, Md., will use grant funding to distribute 7,000 Chromebook devices to eligible county residents in an effort to close the digital divide. Funding for the program comes from the state’s Connected Devices Program under the State Department of Housing and Community Development.

The city of Baltimore recently launched a free public Wi-Fi network, aptly named FreeBmoreWiFi. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said the free Wi-Fi initiative “marks a significant milestone in the city’s commitment to digital equity and inclusive access to technology for residents.”

FCC

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) – which has helped 23 million Americans receive subsidized broadband service and connected devices – is running out of money, but bipartisan legislation introduced in both the House and Senate this week aims to revive the program with $7 billion of fresh funding.

FirstNet

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has issued a Federal Register Notice to find people interested in serving on the board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority Board).

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced $100 million in Federal funding for high-speed broadband infrastructure that will focus on connecting affordable housing units across New York state.

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In order to address the broadband workforce shortage, the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Office of Future Work (OFW) have released their plan to tackle a major obstacle hindering broadband deployment across the state.

The state of Kansas announced that applications are now open for the Advancing Digital Opportunities to Promote Technology (ADOPT) program. The ADOPT program will award $14.7 million in grant funding to organizations addressing the challenges of broadband accessibility, affordability, and device availability.

Hawai’i has launched its Connect Kākou initiative, which aims to ensure underserved communities across Hawaiʻi have reliable and affordable access to high-speed internet via transformative new statewide infrastructure and a boost in digital literacy programs.

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