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Rural Marylander Residents Welcome Gov. Hogan's Broadband Plans

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BIVALVE, Md.- If you live in rural parts of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, you will get better internet service. That's because Gov. Larry Hogan this week announced Maryland will spend $10 million for expanded broadband. 

Hogan says that money would be the first installment of a five-year, $100 million plan. 

Barbara Malatesta takes electronic payments all day at her West Side Grocery and Deli in Bivalve and she struggles to keep customers happy. 

"You know we try to do business on the computer and sometimes its difficult, so yea it has hurt our business" explains Malatesta. 

West Side Grocery and Deli in Bivalve is a great lunch spot with lots of hungry people. Malatesta says sometimes the equipment fails holding customers up. That's why Malatesta is excited about better internet service coming to her town. 

"I think its wonderful, I mean that's the thing that should of been done years ago," announces Malatesta. 

For teenager Helen Curry, a resident of Bivalve, the slow internet has affected the way she stays connected.

"Instagram, Snapchat, online shopping, yeah, I mean you can't get anything through, so how are you going to do stuff or talk?" Curry said. 

In 2017, Hogan's administration established the "office of rural broadband" to expand broadband services now he is putting nearly $10 million to provide affordable internet service.

Governor Larry Hogan says $9.9 million is the first installment of a five-year plan to benefit people who live in rural parts of Maryland.

Jack Pusey has lived in Bivalve for years and says the internet is the only way he can keep in touch with the world and his loved ones. 

"But I use it for email and I got a daughter that lives out of the state so back and forth with her and the kids". explains Pusey. 

As Barbara checks customers out, she is glad to get people in and out without having slow internet in Bivalve.

Hogan says the goal is to eventually provide high-speed internet to every county in Maryland.




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