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Garrett County Government is committed to expanding rural broadband connectivity to its citizens and businesses throughout the county. 
Our county has worked for years to connect our critical infrastructure (schools, hospital, county services, etc.)  The county then started working on broader broadband issues, targeting business, organization and residential access.  A feasibility study was completed in 2012.   The study concluded that a public-private partnership using fixed wireless technology (TV White Space (TVWS) and other unlicensed spectrum) is the best solution for the rugged, remote areas of Garrett County.  [A community mast (wooden pole) with wireless equipment] 
To learn more about the TVWS technology being used to reach rural areas of the county, visit:
The County's Private Partner, Declaration Networks Group (DNG) and Microsoft have entered into a multi-year agreement to cooperate on delivering broadband services to unserved residents and businesses in specific markets (including Garrett County).  The partnership focuses aligning stakeholders, technology and resources for a sustainable path to address the digital divide.  Learn more
The Garrett County Rural Broadband Expansion Efforts were featured in a podcast on Community Networks, a project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. 
The Garrett County TVWS Broadband Project was featured on the Voice of America/Russian Service (English Language Version) (Russian Language Version - different footage)  
Governor Larry Hogan Announces Successful Rural Broadband Launch in Garrett County
Our project was one of several featured in a Vice Motherboard article
In July 2017, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Board of Directors announced the recipients of NATOA’s 2017 Community Broadband Awards. The 2017 Community Broadband Award recipients include Garrett County, MD & Declaration Networks Group, Community Broadband Innovative Partnership of the Year.  Click here for more information.
Click here to read an article about the history of broadband expansion in Garrett County.  
Click here to read a case study about our project.
Click here to download and read an article about Garrett County's Rural Broadband Expansion Efforts in the Fall 2018 Edition of  "Rural Voices", published by the Housing Assistance Council.  
Through three phases of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants matched with county funds, six targeted unserved and underserved areas in three regions of the county are served with fixed wireless broadband internet connectivity. 
The county's private partner, Declaration Networks Group (DNG), is actively deploying the network in all three targeted areas as well as expanding beyond the ARC project target areas to other unserved areas.  This includes installing wooden poles (see photo) in strategic locations to transmit wireless signals to homes and businesses.  
The county's engineering and business consultant is CTC Technology and Energy
Where is the project now? 
Currently nearly 500 homes and businesses are receiving service through the fixed wireless project.  
DNG finalized the deployment of a limited size network in a small demonstration area south of Oakland in the spring of 2016 to test the equipment and functionality.  Next came the full Phase I target area deployment  (roughly south and west of Oakland).  Deployment in the eastern sections of Phase II (central part of the county) and Phase III (northern part of the county) areas are progressing.  
NeuBeamTM, DNG's brand name for their product, will be the local provider of service in the targeted areas.  Some residents and businesses may have already received information from Neubeam about purchasing service.  For further information, click here
The County's Private Partner, Declaration Networks Group (DNG), has secured additional funding through both a grant and loan the USDA Rural Utilities Service to serve additional unserved areas of Garrett County.