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

From its biggest city to its most isolated regions, Maryland suffers from a lack of high-speed internet access and other inequities that disproportionately hurt the state’s Black residents. Here, we note three recent efforts through which federal agencies, local government leaders and a major utility provider are trying to promote more equitable access to broadband and STEM opportunities — starting with two that impact the state’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs):

U.S. Department of Commerce’s Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program awards millions in grants to HBCUs

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.