Broadband Throughout The Land #MACoCon

In today’s world, internet connectivity is no longer a luxury—it is a necessity. Broadband is critical to the future of our economy, education, and safety. Many Marylanders have either limited or no access to broadband, creating a gap in the ability of some communities to participate in the global economy. In order to address the service gap, counties are employing new and innovative solutions. Attend this session to learn about the challenges and best practices associated with expanding broadband access in Maryland.

Broadband Throughout the Land

Description: Public-Private Partnership, or P3, has become a buzzword in recent years, especially when it comes to infrastructure – and for good reason. As Maryland counties look to expand the availability and adoption of robust, high-quality, affordable broadband services in their communities, P3s have taken center stage. This session will provide an overview of common broadband partnership models and identify several factors that communities should consider when developing a successful partnership – what to look for in a partner, methods to structure resourceful partnerships, and how to build effective relationships.


  • Mark E. Ripper, Director, Dept. of Technology Services, Carroll County
  • Victor Tervala, Chief Solicitor, General Counsel Division, Law Dept., Baltimore City
  • James D. McCormick Jr., CIO, Caroline County

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

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