Point Broadband to Expand Fiber Network in Washington County

Washington County this week announced that Point Broadband is expanding its fiber network to offer high-speed internet to more residents across the County. Point Broadband is an all-fiber network offering both internet and phone services for home and business.

“We’re very excited to expand our service in Washington County. Fiber optic is the newest network technology that delivers the fastest and most reliable intent service available,” said Clint Wiley, general manager of Point Broadband in Maryland.

According to a press release:

Point Broadband is currently installing its network in Washington County and will continue to do so in the coming months. Below is the direction from Point Broadband regarding the construction process:
We want to prepare you for the construction phase and have outlined the following details to help set the right expectations.
  1. All underground utilities will be located before any construction begins. You could see flags and spray paint in your yard, and along the road and sidewalks. Once you see flags and spray paint, you can expect to see construction teams.
  2. Next, our construction team will begin digging to find the existing underground utilities. Because we have to cross the utilities when we lay piping, it is necessary to know exactly where they are and is required by law.
  3. Once actual construction of our 100% fiber-optic network begins in your neighborhood, teams will begin placing pipes underground and pulling fiber through them. The timeline for completion varies depending on the size of your neighborhood, weather, and similar variables related to establishing the network.
  4. After the construction process is finished, Point Broadband will rake, seed and straw your lawn in the areas where digging occurred.

MACo adopted “Build out Broadband” among its top legislative initiatives for 2021, and supported multiple successful initiatives. Counties continue to develop approaches to this vexing issue, with federal funds through the State likely to complement local and private-sector initiatives.

As Maryland launches its historic investment to boost broadband infrastructure and connectivity, county governments will be integral partners for ensuring access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet – an essential component of a county’s economic development and the socio-economic advancement of its residents.