The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the National Broadband Resource Hub, is offering a Zoom-in broadband bootcamp of one-hour sessions over six weeks that will cover everything about broadband that local leaders need to know. Each session will also have plenty of time for people to ask questions of the broadband experts specific to their community’s unique situation.
The sessions will cover foundational broadband knowledge, an overview of the typical broadband planning process, funding and financing, partnership structures and strategies, broadband mapping and data, as well as digital inclusion.
Garrett County Government’s Broadband & Energy Manager Cheryl DeBerry and County CIO Nathaniel Watkins are attending the training.
“We are always looking for broadband funding opportunities and new ways to tackle the connectivity challenges we face,” said Cheryl DeBerry “I look forward to learning more through the ARC Broadband Bootcamp to be sure we’re using every tool in the toolbox to get our remaining 6,000 unserved residents and businesses connected with high-speed internet service.”
Cheryl and the entire Department of Technology & Communications (DoTCom) broadband team continue to work directly with ISPs, apply for grant funding, and utilize creative problem-solving to expand the local networks.
Please consider visiting the Garrett County broadband website to update your location and internet service quality information: www.GarrettCounty.org/speedtest