Field Reports: Municipal Broadband and Digital Equity in Baltimore

Date: 8 Mar 2022 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week, we bring you a special field report from Maryland-based radio and podcast producer Matt Purdy. Through interviews with citizens, digital equity advocates, and the city’s new Director of Broadband and Digital Equity, Purdy documents the connectivity struggles that have persisted in Baltimore’s historically marginalized neighborhoods for decades.

Those challenges have only become more pronounced with the pandemic, prompting local officials to begin making moves in the direction of something we’ve not yet seen in a community the size of Baltimore: building a city-owned, open access fiber network.

This is a great story, so we won’t give anything else away. Listen below, or here.


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Originally published on MuniNetworks.org. Read the original here.

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Ry is a Senior Researcher with ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative. He is interested in the democratizing power of technology, systems engineering, and the history of science, technology, and medicine.