Cecil Secures Grants to Expand Broadband Access

County Executive Danielle Hornberger today announced that Cecil County has secured eight broadband expansion grants from Maryland’s Existing Broadband Networks Funding Program. These grants, which total over $605,000, will help support over $1 million in broadband projects as part of a partnership between the State of Maryland, Cecil County, and private sector providers. The eight projects will bring internet access to more than 15 percent of the County's unserved households and businesses. “I applaud the…

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FCC Opens Enrollment for Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which aims to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute…

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Anne Arundel Launches Interactive Public Mapping Tool

New My Anne Arundel tool allows residents to view and search countywide datasets through interactive mapping technology. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced the launch of My Anne Arundel, a new countywide mapping application for residents to view and interact with a variety of County datasets, including capital improvement projects, planning and zoning, and transportation. “Empowering communities was the theme of my campaign for this office, and opening government data to the public…

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NACo Tech Xchange Hosts Webinars on Quantification, Automation, Cyberattack Simulation, and More

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Tech Xchange is hosting a variety of webinars for county CIOs, IT Directors, CISOs, and other county IT leadership. These webinars will provide valuable information that counties can use to improve technology infrastructure. Upcoming NACo Tech Xchange Webinars:NACo Tech Xchange Presents: Quantifying Public Records ComplexityJen Snyder, GovQA Chief Evangelist, will moderate a discussion around the first-of-its-kind Peers in Public Records Index (PiPRIndex), a historical marker that quantifies predictable growth…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Information Technology

An overview of MACo's advocacy on information technology issues in the 2021 General Assembly.  Information technology is a growing area of importance for MACo as county governments rely on computer systems of increasing sophistication for a widening scope of operations - including public safety applications, open government portals, billing functions, and emergency alert systems used during major natural and man-made emergencies. As county use of information technology evolves, cybersecurity and protection of resident data rise…

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General Assembly Passes MACo Broadband Initiative

The Maryland General Assembly today passed SB 824 / HB 1328 – Economic Development – Broadband Providers – Joint Trenching and Fee (Building Out Broadband Act of 2021), MACo's Legislative Initiative that will help close the digital divide by enhancing incentives and orchestrating opportunities for broadband deployment across the state. Weaknesses in current broadband internet service occur in every jurisdiction, due to both geography and demography – too many Marylanders have been left on the…

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Calvert Activates New Public Safety Communications System

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) last month officially activated the County’s new public safety communications system. The new 800-megahertz P25 digital communications system, which replaces the County’s 25-year-old system, provides enhanced radio coverage and interoperability for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, fire departments, rescue squads, and other local agencies. The system will also streamline communications with other local, state, and federal agencies in the event of a multi-jurisdictional incident. “The vital importance…

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State Announces $300 Million to Boost Broadband Access

The State will dedicate $300 million to help close the digital divide by making major investments in broadband technology across Maryland. The funding is part of a bipartisan budget agreement to allocate more than $3.9 billion in federal funding that the State expects to receive through the American Rescue Plan Act. The funding includes $128 million to improve network infrastructure, $75 million for service fee and device subsidies, and $45 million for municipal broadband grants. MACo…

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Baltimore City Announces Chief Data Officer, Broadband and Digital Equity Director

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today announced two appointments for Chief Data Office and the City's first Director of Broadband and Digital Equity. Mayor Scott announced Justin Elszasz, currently the Deputy Director and Analytics Lead for the Mayor’s Office of Performance & Innovation, will serve as the administration’s Chief Data Officer. Jason Hardebeck has been appointed as the City’s first Director of Broadband and Digital Equity. Elszasz and Hardebeck officially assume their roles in the…

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MACo Broadband Initiative Bill on the Move

In a unanimous vote, the Senate Finance Committee today voted to advance a MACo Legislative Initiative bill that will help to close Maryland’s persistent digital divide. SB 824 - Economic Development – Broadband Providers – Joint Trenching and Fee (Building Out Broadband Act of 2021) is a 2021 MACo Legislative Initiative that would help close the digital divide by enhancing incentives and orchestrating opportunities for broadband deployment across the state. Weaknesses in current broadband internet…

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