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AARP Urges Support for Governor’s Broadband Package

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Measures would incentivize high-speed internet expansion in underserved communities.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 15, 2023) – On behalf of nearly 870,000 members across the state, AARP Maryland is welcoming legislation proposed by Governor Wes Moore that would provide tax relief to entities receiving grants for broadband deployment, as well as sales and use tax exemptions for certain equipment. The organization is submitting testimony in support of the measure, HB 551, the Broadband Expansion Incentive Act of 2023, in advance of a February 16 hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee.

“AARP is working hard to strengthen retirement security for all Americans by ensuring that workers and retirees have access to services and resources they need to age in place,” says Tammy Bresnahan, AARP Maryland’s advocacy director. “Addressing the digital divide requires a commitment to digital equity. That is, everyone—regardless of factors such as age, race, ethnicity, ability level, and geography—should have access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet service. We stand with Governor Moore in his commitment to leaving no one behind and no one out.”


AARP Maryland is likewise supporting HB 442, a bill introduced by Delegate Chris Tomlinson, which incentivizes high-speed internet deployment by providing a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for qualified broadband grants awarded during the taxable year. Its companion legislation, SB 408, is sponsored by Senators Justin Ready, Mary Beth Carozza, Jason Gallion, Johnny Ray Salling and Chris West.

“Everyone should have affordable and reliable high-speed internet access in the home, regardless of such factors as geography, race, ethnicity, income, age, and ability level. This includes people living in underserved communities where high-speed internet is not deployed, as well as those who cannot afford service where it is available,” says Ms. Bresnahan.

“Policymakers should consider using grants, loans, tax credits, and other incentives to ensure that as many people as possible receive the benefits of high-speed internet,” says Ms. Bresnahan. “These policies should incorporate consumer protections and should not shift costs or place an unfair burden on taxpayers or ratepayers. AARP Maryland supports the enactment and implementation of the policies addressed in HB 442, which will preserve and support Maryland’s economic engine.”

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