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.