Allegany County Government launches a $1 million connectivity investment program
Allegany County Government is pleased to announce the launch of Connect Allegany, a $1,000,000 investment split over two programs and two years to assist broadband providers as well as households and businesses address gaps in broadband connectivity. The Allegany County Commissioners are allocating these funds to help create maximum impact and accelerate the expansion of broadband connectivity across Allegany County.
The goal of this program is to create long-term value in the county. These projects, when complete, will improve quality of life, encourage future investment, increase the value of commercial and residential units in impacted areas, and ignite entrepreneurship in Allegany County.
Connect Allegany – My Home
This program provides funding to home/business owner(s) and their ISP partner to extend broadband service to an unserved address(es). The home/ business owner(s) is the applicant and works with their ISP partner to develop the project and apply for funding. The program provides grants of $1,000 to $50,000 to pay for 50% of the capital construction costs of the project. The program requires a cash match of 50% for the project being funded.
CONNECT ALLEGANY - NETWORK Infrastructure Grant Program
This program will offer grants to local ISP providers to expand their services. It is intended to provide financial assistance to construct broadband infrastructure necessary to provide service. Grant funds may be used to construct infrastructure necessary to deploy service to residents or businesses.. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must currently have a physical presence in Allegany County are required to supply an impact statement specifying the number of potential new customers covered, mapping of current coverage area with proposed area of expansion, summary of technology to be deployed, and connectivity speed(s) to be made available.
Access Connect Allegany Application Portal
Program and Applicant Eligibility
Applicants who are not in good standing with the county or state of Maryland are ineligible for funding.The funding source for the program is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and all federal rules required of the funding source apply to the program, see Rules.