The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (the “Council”), with funding from the Maryland Broadband Cooperative from the U.S. Department of Commerce, developed a report:  “Broadband Deployment Plan for Southern Maryland.”   The report was produced by BEACON of Salisbury University in cooperation with the Council Regional Broadband/IT Planning Committee.  The report updates the 2005 regional broadband plan, provides details on available broadband level and quality of service currently in the region, review best available technologies trends upon which recommendations are provided for deployment of universal public/private broadband networks for Southern Maryland. This regional plan will contribute to the development of a statewide broadband plan. The regional plan will advance the mission to provide residential, business and public anchor institutions with the opportunity to be served by the evolving and most current information technologies available.



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For the past five years the Southern Maryland Technology Task Force of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland has been actively working on an initiative to implement and expand Broadband technology infrastructure (Cable, Fiber, BPL, Wireless, Cellular, Satellite, etc.) in Southern Maryland.

In 2005 with funding provided by the County Commissioners of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties, Maryland DBED and Maryland TEDCO, Tri-County Council selected Maryland-based CCG Consulting, Inc. to conduct a detailed Feasibility Study of Broadband in Southern Maryland.

The feasibility study is expected to set the foundation for many future phases of the overall broadband initiative. Successfully implementation and expansion of broadband will assist the region in advancing economic development, improving educational and institutional improvements and enabling development of new capabilities for local homeland security and first responders in the Southern Maryland Area.


The mission of the Maryland Broadband Cooperative is to drive economic development through universal, open access to broadband services via a fiber optic network that serves rural Maryland.


To build an advanced, world-class broadband telecommunications network across the rural communities Eastern, Southern and Western Maryland fostering economic development and supported by its’ members who will provide Last Mile services.


Specifically, as engineered by MdBC, this universal, open access fiber optic network will provide the following benefits:

  • Establish a public/private partnership to promote economic development.
  • Advanced open-access fiber optic broadband infrastructure providing competitive carriers an opportunity to deploy innovative, next-generation technologies in local markets;
  • Future-proofed assets for the unserved and underserved rural regions of Maryland and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The system has been designed for scalability, growth, and anticipated technology changes for the many decades ahead.
  • A region-wide solution to the lack of advanced telecommunication facilities in rural Maryland/Virginia, while enabling local community conditions to be reflected through the equitable policy of “universal, open access” to all ILEC’s, ISP’s, CLEC’s, IXC’s and other broadband service providers;
  • Create a competitive advantage for the region and its communities in the global network economy, which will provide superiority from a telecommunications standpoint with more urban areas;
  • Development of local workforce skills for the new global network economy;
  • Promote regional job growth, new industry and economic stability;
  • Expanding and improving education, health care, government services, telemedicine, distance learning;
  • Encouraging new research and development opportunities and initiatives, through partnerships with government research facilities, private institutions, universities, and community colleges;
  • Empowering local communities and people to be producers in the new global network economy.


Experience and Expertise

The MdBC is currently comprised of a 5-member Board of Directors whose responsibility is to guide the cooperative mission to ensure success. The MdBC will contract with industry experts and engineers to carry out our plan, negotiate resources and right-of-ways and complete construction.  IN the future the board will increase to 9 members and include members from each class and region.

MDBC’s Board of Directors are highly skilled on local and regional economic development issues. Through the vision set forth by the councils, the MDBC has collected an incredibly strong and viable list of partners to serve in an advisory capacity and assist in our projects.

Ownership and Organization

The fiber optic backbone network, industrial park collocation facilities, and the shell equipment will be built and owned by the MdBC to allow competitive carriers affordable access to the fiber optic network. MdBC, a company that has been formed, and is a legal not-for-profit cooperative, incorporated with the State of Maryland, will be the “IOE” or Independent Operating Entity as preferred by the Maryland Rural Broadband Coordination Board.

MdBC, represented by an independent Board of Directors, and with input from representatives of the Maryland Regional Councils and/or its committees, will be intimately involved in the ongoing planning and deployment of the advanced, open-access fiber optic backbone network throughout the rural communities of Maryland.

MdBC will own the assets, and will have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the assets (fiber cable, facilities, shell equipment, etc.) are used in a manner that creates operational revenue for the cooperative. Most importantly, this will help create an environment for economic revitalization for the local communities within rural Maryland. Our Provisionary Board is made up of the Executive Directors of the five Maryland Tri-County and Regional Councils as identified below:

  • Tri-County Council of the Lower Eastern Shore
    • Michael Pennington, Executive Director
  • Mid-Shore Regional Council
    • Scott Warner, Executive Director
  • Upper-Shore Regional Council
    •  John A. Dillman, III
  • Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
    • John Hartline, Executive Director
  • Tri-County Council of Western Maryland
    • Leanne Mazer, Executive Director



Through the vision set forth by the councils, the MdBC has collected an incredibly strong and viable Advisory Board of members representing Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland and Western Maryland to ensure the major focus of MdBC remains on creating competitive advantage. The Southern Maryland Advisory Board for the MdBC is comprised of the following organizations:

–   Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

–   Calvert County Department of Economic Development

–   Charles County Department of Economic Development

–   St. Mary’s Department of Community and Economic Development

–   College of Southern Maryland

–   MetroCast Communications

–   Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

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