The One Maryland Broadband Network will be built by a public/private consortium that includes three primary partners: the State of Maryland’s networkMaryland (operated by the Department of Information Technology), the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN), and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MDBC). Each of the partners represents an existing independent network; the three networks will be interconnected and extended through the OMBN project.
NetworkMaryland™ is the statewide high-speed network operated by the Department of IT (DoIT) for public sector use. The network was created from an initiative to utilize resource shared fiber optic cable assets throughout the state to provide affordable, high-speed bandwidth to all areas of the State and to provide a cost savings to citizens. Moving forward, networkMaryland™ will provide WAN connectivity for all public entities in the State to improve the economy of scale by coordinating joint network build-outs, consolidation of services and by providing the necessary information for proper network growth.
Inter-County Broadband Network
The Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) is a consortium of 10 central-Maryland counties and cities. The largest of the three independent networks comprising the OMBN, the ICBN alliance—established in 2009 as a first step in applying for OMBN funding—formalizes the jurisdictions’ two-decade history of working collaboratively on communications infrastructure and other issues. The Howard County government will be the administrator of the ICBN and will deploy the network to the other jurisdictions, which are the city of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, the city of Baltimore, Carroll County, Frederick County, Harford County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County.
Maryland Broadband Cooperative
Representing the rural communities of Eastern, Southern and Western Maryland, the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MDBC) is a public/private partnership to promote economic development through the deployment of technology supporting infrastructures. MDBC’s mission is to drive economic development through universal, open access to broadband services via a fiber optic network that serves rural Maryland by building an advanced, world-class broadband network across supported by its members who provide “Last Mile” services.