Comcast received a major boost this week in its efforts to expand broadband internet access in rural areas. 

Governor Larry Hogan announced that Comcast will receive $9.6 million to enhance networks and connectivity in Charles County, as well as $7.7 million for Baltimore County. The grants were part of $127 million that was awarded across the state.

“We’re proud to partner with Charles County, Baltimore County and the State of Maryland to bring our advanced services, including gigabit speed broadband service, to unserved county residents,” said Michael Parker, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Beltway Region. “These partnerships will bolster the hundreds of millions of dollars Comcast invests every year to connect residents and businesses to our smart, fast and reliable network. Technology is a powerful driver of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth, and we’re committed to helping individuals and communities fully participate in the digital economy.”

Expanding internet access is a primary goal for Comcast throughout the region. It also offers free and discounted Internet service through the Affordable Connectivity Program , which provides eligible low-income households with a credit up to $30 per month toward the cost of Internet and/or mobile service.

To help spread the word and explain the process, Comcast is hosting a series of ACP awareness events throughout the summer. Visit the Comcast Beltway website for dates, times and locations of upcoming events.