As previously reported, a logistics center recently opened in Elkridge that will serve as the construction center for a $115 million state broadband network. An article in the Baltimore Sun highlights the many benefits of this network.
The idea is to link more than 2,000 miles of existing broadband cable in counties and cities, creating a central electronic infrastructure that would guarantee secure communications in emergencies, as well as service in rural areas where commercial Internet providers are reluctant to go. The system also is designed to save governments millions in commercial fees now paid to telecom firms.
The high-capacity lines are expected to have a broad effect on fields including public safety, education and health care. Officials say private business will benefit, too, in the same way that development often occurs along major transportation corridors. Companies can negotiate private contracts to connect to the system, and even expand it.
For more information about Maryland’s broadband efforts and rollout, check out the registration materials for MACo’s summer conference — where a breakout session “Connecting Marylanders ‐ One Broadband at a Time” is slated to cover these topics on Friday afternoon.