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Broadband Study Results Discussed

July 24th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The results of a study on the public sector’s use of broadband in Allegany County was the topic of a breakfast panel discussion held Monday at the Culinaire Café and hosted by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. The final draft of the six-month study was just recently released to the public.  The study was made possible through efforts of the Allegany County Board of Education and a $50,000 matching grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission as part of a $115 million project called One Maryland Broadband Network. It included input from Allegany County, the city of Cumberland and the chamber. Although the One Maryland Broadband Network fiber will focus on public anchor institutions, key economic development locations such as business parks and tenantless buildings will be within reach of the fiber that can be leveraged to attract new employers as well as be accessed by current business and building owners. How to meet the key economic development goals that have emerged from the study was the focal point of Monday’s discussion. Joanne Hovis, president, CTC Consultants and principal author of the study, said that broadband fiber should be viewed in much the same way infrastructure projects are when it comes to the actual economic benefit…

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