The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently added broadband data to its County Intelligence Connections (CIC) mapping tool, with information from Federal Communications Commission. The CIC tool includes indicators of fixed internet connections, fixed internet providers, and mobile internet providers, which may each be selected through a dropdown list under “utility” data.
For Maryland, the map shows the number of fixed internet connections, fixed internet providers, and mobile internet providers in each county and Baltimore City. The numbers differ from county to county, with the following ranges:
- fixed internet connections, ranging from up to 1000 to less than 200 connections per 1,000 households in a county
- fixed internet providers, ranging from up to 24 to less than 6 providers in a county
- mobile internet providers, ranging from up to 8 to less than 4 providers in a county
Broadband infrastructure partnerships between the public and the private sector will likely be essential to developing the nationwide public safety broadband network known as FirstNet. The Maryland Association of Counties continues to follow and play a role in the progress of planning for FirstNet’s deployment in Maryland. For more information, see our previous post, Maryland Seeks to be First in FirstNet Public Safety Broadband and Maryland’s FirstNet website.