Equity Commitments Abound in Over $14M for Maryland HBCUs, Day of Digital Inclusion Programs in Annapolis

The federal Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has granted over $7.1 million to the historically Black University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and Morgan State University through the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program, which is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Internet for All initiative.

The program’s objective is to expand high-speed internet access to underserved areas. These funds, which went to HBCUs across the country, were awarded on the heels of Coppin State University’s announcement that it would receive a $3.9 million federal grant through the program. The grant aims to provide 2,000 laptops to West Baltimoreans. An NTIA announcement outlines these plans and amounts for UMES’ and Morgan State’s latest awards: