Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced the hiring of Jason Hardebeck to be the city’s first broadband coordinator. Hardebeck is a veteran technology executive.
According to the Baltimore Sun,
Hardebeck, who will be paid $44,000 as a contractor, will lead an effort with community members and businesses to implement a widespread broadband plan for Baltimore.
“The city has a fiber-optic network, and we’re looking at how to extend that,” he said. “We’re going to develop a strategy to more effectively provide municipal broadband.”
In announcing Hardebeck’s hiring, the mayor said “a robust broadband infrastructure is absolutely vital to our city.”
Hiring a broadband coordinator was one recommendation made in Baltimore’s Smarter City Task Force Report.
To read more about Hardebeck, please visit the Baltimore Sun online.