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October 06, 2021

Congressman David Trone Announces Help for Local Schools, Libraries to Boost Broadband Access

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 6th, 2021

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, Sasha.Galbreath@mail.house.gov  

Congressman David Trone Announces Help for Local Schools, Libraries to Boost Broadband Access

GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) announced that schools and libraries can apply for additional funding for broadband connectivity through the Emergency Connectivity Fund. The Fund, created by the Trone-backed American Rescue Plan, is providing needed accessibility for students to succeed. Applications are open now through October 13th. 

“Broadband is essential in this day and age and everyone deserves access to it,” said Congressman David Trone. “During this pandemic and long before, I’ve heard from students and educators about just how important high-quality and affordable internet access is. The American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Connectivity Fund will provide vital funding to those who have been struggling with internet accessibility.”

During the height of the pandemic, Rep. Trone helped pass the American Rescue Plan to rebuild America’s struggling economy. The law included the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a program to expand internet access for schools and libraries across the country. Over the summer, Marylanders applied for $53 million from the Emergency Connectivity Fund. Now, due to high interest in the program and with additional funding still available, the FCC has opened a second application filing window for Marylanders to request additional funds.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply click here

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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