MD Gov. Moore announces public awareness campaign surrounding $267M in federal internet infrastructure funding

19 July 2023- Governor Wes Moore today launched the Maryland ActNow campaign in partnership with EducationSuperHighway. The governor was joined by U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves, state and local officials, and leadership from non-profit EducationSuperHighway to illustrate the campaign partnership, part of an effort that will also deploy $267 million in federal funding to support Maryland’s broadband infrastructure.

ActNow is a public awareness campaign to help increase awareness of and enrollment for the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program. The program offers a $30 internet access discount for low-income households. The campaign, a partnership with EducationSuperHighway and 20 community organizations from across the state, will get Affordable Connectivity Program-eligible Maryland families signed up ahead of the start of the new school year.

“Too many people are left behind because they can’t afford high-speed home internet, but 1 in 4 American households now qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program,” said Founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway Evan Marwell. “We applaud Governor Moore’s leadership in raising awareness of this critical program to connect Marylanders to the home internet they need to thrive in today’s world and close the digital divide.”

EducationSuperHighway works to close the digital divide for the 18 million households that have access to the internet but cannot afford to connect. The organization focuses on America’s most unconnected communities, where more than 25% of people don’t have internet.