What We're Doing
- Reviewing information provided by CTC Technology & Energy.
- Scheduling meetings with independent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who have expressed some interest in providing service to the rural areas of the County.
- Continuing to research and monitor federal and state grant opportunities.
- Collecting and refining data to develop accurate maps of where service is and isn’t throughout the County.
- Providing updates to the Board of County Commissioners.
The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) were advised to engage with SMECO on possible opportunities to expand broadband service to Charles County's rural residents. Our Commissioners reached out to SMECO to request this engagement.
Charles County has engaged CTC Technology and Energy to develop a broadband strategic plan. On December 3, 2019, the President of CTC, Joanne Hovis, presented preliminary findings to the Commissioners. You can view the presentation in the CCGTV Digital Library, starting at time 9:06 of the recording.
CTC Technology & Energy met with numerous stakeholders within Charles County Government and from other organizations. These meetings allow the consultant and the subject matter experts to dive deeper into our current infrastructure, future construction projects, and various types of assets and partnerships that may be utilized as part of the broadband strategic plan.
In October, the Rural Broadband Task Force provided an update to the Board of County Commissioners on the progress of the development of the Broadband Strategic Plan for Charles County.
Two new members were added to the Rural Broadband Task Force: Thomas Dennison from SMECO and Steve Andritz from the Charles County Board of Education. Both organizations will be important partners throughout the proces of broadband deployment.
The Rural Broadband Task Force was featured on the Inside Your County Government Podcast. You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, or at buzzsprout.com.
Signed a contract with CTC Technology & Energy, who will help us develop the Charles County Broadband Strategic Plan. CTC has worked with several other counties in Maryland to develop plans to bring broadband to rural areas. Charles County Government was awarded a grant by the Governor's Office of Rural Broadband, which will provide for half the cost of developing our broadband strategic plan.