GIS Map Assists Providers with Broadband Expansion in Cecil County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2018
ELKTON, MD. -- Thanks to the efforts of local providers, broadband expansion is happening in Cecil County. Aided by the development of the County’s “Areas Lacking Broadband Service” online map application (http://cecilmaps.ccgov.org/arcgis/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=a795c0ca215147fb87a0d482548832ad ), providers have been able to visualize areas in need of service and obtain information about the number of homes in said areas.
Since June 2018, Comcast has extended broadband service to:
- 13 homes on Joy Drive, located off of Turkey Point Rd. in North East;
- 7 homes on Walton Ln, located off of Lums Rd. in North East;
- 6 homes on Black Hill Rd, located off of Turkey Point Rd. in North East;
- 4 homes on Windmill Ct, located off of Oldfield Point Rd. in Elkton; and
- 31 residences in the area consisting of Cloud Ln., the 0-150 block of Cara Cove Rd., and the 2200-2400 block of Turkey Point Rd. in North East.
“I’d like to thank Comcast’s Chris Comer, Director of Government Affairs, Dennis Steward, Construction Project Supervisor, and Javier Santiago, Residential Construction Coordinator, for their efforts in expanding service,” said David Black, Cecil County’s GIS Coordinator. “Broadband expansion allows students to learn via online courses, permits residents to work from home, and enables small businesses to thrive.”
Additionally, Armstrong is in the process of expanding broadband service to 15 residences in the 0-299 block of Rock Church Road in Elkton.
“After we met with County representatives and this project was identified,” explained Randy Nungester, Armstrong’s General Manager. “The utility pole owners replaced the poles in the area, which reduced the cost of the project significantly. It will be built on our dime.”
Broadband expansion has been a priority of County Executive Alan McCarthy's since taking office. “These are excellent first steps toward providing service to the over 2,400 homes and businesses lacking broadband in Cecil County,” noted McCarthy. “But there remains much work to be done and many who need this vital service.”
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government