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Broadband Expansion Bill Becomes Law

Post Date:06/17/2019 3:08 PM

June 17, 2019                  

ELKTON, MD. – Effective Monday, July 1, 2019, communities lacking high-speed internet will have another tool to assist in their endeavors to receive service.

Senate Bill 0259, which received overwhelming support in the state legislature, enables communities lacking broadband infrastructure to petition Cecil County Government to create a special taxation district. Requiring the support of two-thirds of property owners and approval of the County Council, creation of these voluntary districts would generate the front-funding necessary to install broadband infrastructure.

“Having access to high speed internet service is vital in today’s world,” said Cecil County Executive Dr. Alan McCarthy. “The enactment of this legislation provides another mechanism for unserved residents and businesses to obtain service.”

Thanks to the work of Cecil County’s state delegation, this option is available throughout the entirety of Cecil County’s unincorporated area. Previous law limited special taxation district requests to property owners located within the growth areas as designated by the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

Persons interested in learning more are encouraged to peruse the “Frequently Asked Questions” following this press release. Alternatively, please feel free to contact Mr. David Black, Cecil County’s Geographic Information Systems Coordinator, at 410-996-5220 or


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Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
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