UPDATE FEB. 15 – SMECO now says they made a mistake and claim it is Their gear for Standard Testing?/
UPDATE – SMECO responds – It was unauthorized gear – we have requested to do forensics on the package.
Dear Mr. k,
Thank you for reaching out to SMECO regarding the equipment on the pole at Tayloes Neck Rd. Our crews were dispatched yesterday evening and the box you reported was not authorized to be on the pole and has been removed.
If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to reply to this e-mail or contact a SMECO Customer Care Representative at 888-440-3311.
Sr Customer Care Representative
We tracked the so called weather cam installation two years ago – but this appears to be a covert installation.. (not so convert if in Nanjemoy)-
We are inquiring to the Charles County Commissioners and CCSO if this is County Tech on a County Road.
“Hi everyone! I just wanted to send a quick note because over the weekend we passed 250 customer requests! We are working 6 days a week for the rest of the month to prep for a tower climb in Nanjemoy and connecting our neighbors in that community on the 31st! Thanks for your support and encouragement.”
UPDATE June 2017 – There is a NEW provider in town – a WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider) 4G Unlimited Pkg with NO Contract requirements. This service will provide coverage for most of Nanjemoy – Giving you unlimited bandwidth for $120. Month. No more data caps or overage charges – its progress !!
Letter from …..>>> Evelyn Jacobson 11/28/2016 4:42 PM >>>
MD State received a federal grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The purpose of the grant was to provide high speed internet service to Community Anchor Institutions (schools, libraries, firestations, etc.). This was done by the development and implementation of the One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN), a fiber network running throughout Maryland. Both Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School & the Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department received service as a direct result of this grant; they receive their service via the OMBN. The OMBN was later extended to include the Nanjemoy Community Center, when the Department of Health opened a center there.
The OMBN cannot be used to provide service to residents. This is why the school, community center and firestation have service but the residents do not.
Neither Verizon or Comcast provide service to the Nanjemoy area under their current franchise agreements. Neither provider have any plans to move into the Nanjemoy area due to the low density there.
One possible bright spot for Nanjemoy… When the OMBN was being constructed, the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MdBC – a non profit entity which works with Internet Service Providers to provide service throughout MD) co-located their own fiber network alongside the OMBN. The great thing about the MdBC fiber network is that it actually extends fiber down into the Nanjemoy area which can be used to provide service to residents and businesses. Interested Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could pay the MdBC to use the MdBC network, if these ISPs could figure out how to take the service all the way to the resident (typically referred to as “the last mile”).
Providing the last mile can be very expensive so ISPs have to be creative in terms of service delivery. We are currently working with an ISP who is trying to figure out a cost effective solution to provide service to a small area in Nanjemoy.
I hope this has been helpful and has answered your questions. Please let me know if you need any additional information or have any questions.
UPDATE as of January 21, 2017 – // using AneedA AI agent to read the progress report – Excellent.
UPDATE January 24, 2017 – Kens notes after second meeting.