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Growing Baltimore's High-Speed Internet Infrastructure


Baltimore has a lot of pressing infrastructure issues: leaky sewers, decaying bridges, lots of other transportation needs. And there’s another important item to add to the list: digital infrastructure, the cables and wires that connect city residents to the Internet. If you look at a map of super high-speed Internet availability in central Maryland, you’ll see Baltimore surrounded by opportunities to connect to the latest fiber-optics networks. But in the city, itself, it’s a different story – there is no residential fiber-optic service.

A new draft report from a task force on moving the city forward into a digital future calls for expanded broadband access throughout the city. I spoke about it with the co-chair of that task force, Deputy Mayor Colin Tarbert. With Baltimore still recovering from the unrest in April – I asked him how technological investment fits into the city’s long-term plan to reinvigorate itself. We also spoke with Andrew Coy, executive director of the Digital Harbor Foundation about how tech investment can transform our schools.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.