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October 08, 2022

News From the District: Congressman Trone Discusses Broadband Expansion and Economic Opportunity During Visit to Frederick and Montgomery Counties


October 8, 2022

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, 

News From the District: Congressman Trone Discusses Broadband Expansion and Economic Opportunity During Visit to Frederick and Montgomery Counties

Rep. Trone meets with officials from the City of Frederick, including Mayor O’Connor, to discuss current needs in food distribution and housing. Trone requested $1.3 million in Community Project Funding to support the effort.

FREDERICK, MD — This week, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) visited Frederick and Montgomery Counties to discuss broadband expansion and ways to expand economic opportunity. 

On Monday, Trone attended the groundbreaking of Hughes Network Systems’ new facility in Germantown. It’s estimated that over one in ten Maryland households do not have an internet subscription, most of whom live in rural areas. The satellite broadband facility will help HughesNet meet customer demand and will be able to connect hard-to-reach areas, delivering stronger access to education and health care. This past month, Trone presented a nearly $900,000 CPF check to Garrett County for a rural broadband expansion project that will bring high-speed internet to hundreds of households.

On Tuesday, Trone met with leaders from the City of Frederick to discuss their $1.3 million FY23 Community Project Funding request for their Permanent Supportive Housing program, Food Bank, and Soup Kitchen. Funding would upgrade aging facilities and support the onsite distribution of healthy foods for those in need. One in three Marylanders face food insecurity and more than 6,000 Marylanders experience homelessness on any given day. Trone also met with the board of directors of nonprofit Good Works Frederick to discuss how he can provide federal support for their efforts to reduce poverty and strengthen underserved communities. 

“Ensuring that Marylanders have access to affordable, high-speed broadband is vital for education, health care, and our local economies. This week, we’re one step closer to connecting Maryland’s rural and underserved communities,” said Congressman David Trone. “In Frederick, I had productive conversations with officials and community leaders about how I can help provide federal support for crucial programs helping those who need them most. I’ll keep putting people over politics to deliver solutions that ensure brighter futures for Marylanders.”

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. 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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