At its Third Annual Meeting of the Members held in Frederick, Maryland on October 21, 2010, the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MdBC) elected a new Executive Board for the coming year and expressed its appreciation to the previous Board, particularly former Chair Mr. Virgil Shockley, Worcester County Commissioner.
The new Chair is Mr. Tom Tudor, Contract Administrator for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. The new Vice Chair is Mr. Danny Jobe, Mid?Atlantic Regional Manager for MetroCast Communications. Serving another year as Treasurer is Mr. Geoff Oxnam, Vice President of Operations for Easton Utilities. Lastly, joining the Executive Board for the first time in the role of Secretary, is Mr. Guy Winterberg, Assistant Director of the Tri?County Council for Western Maryland.
The MdBC Executive Board, made up of two members from Southern Maryland, one from Western Maryland and one from the Eastern Shore will be focused on important state?wide broadband initiatives. The top priority will be working with the State of Maryland on the $115M broadband infrastructure grant. The grant is designed to connect 1,006 governmental entities with high?speed internet (about 30% of which are in rural Maryland) over the next three years.
In addition to verifying that the right facilities are being connected, the Executive Board will be focused on assuring that the people and small businesses of rural Maryland also receive more and better broadband services as a result of the project. An important milestone in this process is a detailed agreement between the State and MdBC, which the Board expects to review prior to the November 17th Board of Public Works meeting. MdBC also encourages all Maryland residents and businesses to go to our interactive Broadband Map site at www.mdbroadbandmap.org. You can test the speed of your connection, learn about available services in your census block, and report errors or dead zones in broadband availability.