MACo Winter Conference: Broadband Buildout

Leaders in Maryland’s broadband buildout discussed best practices, opportunities, and challenges in expanding our statewide network. 

Broadband has transformed from a luxury into a utility. One of the most pertinent public policy questions is how to ensure reliable internet connectivity for both urban and rural county residents. Attendees learned more about challenges and opportunities facing Maryland’s broadband buildout, including the recently passed “Dig Once” bill, roadblocks to wireline expansion, and the use of wireless vs. wireline connections in certain communities. 

How we expand broadband in Maryland will impact every facet of our society; from education, health, economics, etc. Counties are leading the charge in this network expansion but they are not alone; our panel outlined several resources and strategies available to local governments. Success in creating a broader reaching network will require innovation and cooperation between all stakeholders.

Speakers:

  • Mark Wagner, CEO ThinkBig Networks 
  • Kenrick Gordon, Director, Maryland Office of Statewide Broadband 
  • Daniel Dreiling, VP of Info Services, Kennedy Krieger 

Moderator:

  • Honorable Jack Wilson, Commissioner, Queen Anne’s County 

 

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