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MDOT was honored to have Maryland State Senator Joanne C. Benson as their Keynote Speaker for Women’s History Month

Sen. Benson Honored by MDOT During Women's History Month

It’s Women’s History Month, and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) was honored to have Maryland State Senator Joanne C. Benson as their Keynote Speaker for Women’s History Month. The theme this year is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” and has proven to be a powerful way to recognize the contributions of women throughout history.

Senator Joanne C. Benson has been a major advocate for supporting women in business and politics for her entire career and she continues that fight today through her work in the Senate.

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Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

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On Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 2:45 pm Maryland Governor Larry Hogan along with Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones completed the official signing of the legislation that would end the 15- year Maryland HBCU lawsuit. The bill establishes a special fund and dedicates $577 million over the next 10 years to Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities. This funding will assist in implementing and eliminating the duplication of programs and help schools in creating new academic programs, expanding scholarships, recruiting new faculty members, and developing marketing strategies to attract students.

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