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Howard County Fiber Encourages New Jobs, Competition in Maryland – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 133

| Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/howard-county-fiber-encourages-new-jobs-competition-in-maryland-community-broadband-bits-podcast-133/

While at the Broadband Communities Economic Development conference in Springfield last year, I had the good fortune to catch a panel with Chris Merdon, the CIO of Howard County, Maryland.

Howard County has become an Internet Service Provider, not just to itself, but to private firms as well. To improve Internet access for businesses, it is both leasing dark fiber to existing providers and directly offering services to businesses and buildings.

We are grateful that Chris could join us for a Chris2 interview! We discuss how and why Howard County chose this strategy and how it is benefiting the community.

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This show is 19 minutes long and can be played below on this page or via iTunes or via the tool of your choice using this feed.

Listen to previous episodes here. You can can download this Mp3 file directly from here.

Thanks to Persson for the music, licensed using Creative Commons. The song is “Blues walk.”