Skip to Content

Rural Broadband Expansion - Home

A community mast (wooden pole) with wireless equipment
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.  
To learn more about the technology being used to reach rural areas of the county, visit:
TV White Spaces: Overview Presentation 
What is White Space? (powerpoint download)
The Garrett County TVWS Broadband Project was featured on the Voice of America/Russian Service (English Language Version) (Russian Language Version - different footage.)  
Our project was one of several featured in a Vice Motherboard article here
In July, 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.
The project team was asked to share the Garrett County rural broadband expansion story at the Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas, TX in May and at the Appalachian Ohio - West Virginia Connectivity Summit in Marietta, Ohio in July.  
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 to be served with fixed wireless broadband internet connectivity. 
The county's private partner, Declaration Networks Group (DNG), is actively deploying the network in the Phase I area (roughly south and west of Oakland) along with the eastern sections of Phase II and Phase II of the targeted 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 over 200 homes and businesses are receiving service through the fixed wireless project.  
Northern Garrett County as of 6/15/17:
Southern Garrett County as of 6/15/17:
Note: the faded tiny dots (green, purple, dark blue, light blue, red, and yellow) on both maps indicate the targeted unserved and underserved areas. The pins are explained in the legend.  
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