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THE PROJECT

The Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) was created to provide affordable, accessible high-speed broadband access to community institutions, businesses, and residents throughout the State of Maryland.


ICBN was the second largest Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant recipient funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the first and only one completely owned by state and local government that delivers broadband to every county in a state.

The ICBN consortium is comprised of nine Maryland jurisdictions: the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. ICBN partners with the State of Maryland and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative, creating the One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN).

The network spans 4,200 square miles across central Maryland and passes approximately 71,000 businesses and 1.8 million households. It incorporates approximately 1,000 linear miles of new fiber and 2,400 miles of existing fiber to directly connect thousands of entities onto a single network.

ICBN currently connects as many as 1,000 community anchor institutions, including 450 K–12 schools, 200 government facilities, 15 community colleges, six other institutions of higher learning, 40 libraries, and 2 healthcare providers, with the capability to serve thousands more.

ICBN will also make excess capacity fiber strands available in an open access model to those who are qualified. As a result, innovative last-mile networks will be developed throughout Maryland, including under-served urban and rural areas.


 

ICBN CONSORTIUM MEMBERS

Following are the nine Central Maryland counties/cities that are members of the ICBN Consortium:

  • City of Annapolis
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Baltimore County
  • City of Baltimore
  • Carroll County
  • Harford County
  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George’s County

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Recent News

  • Schuh and Arlotto Highlight Historic Investment in Fiber Optic Network

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    Anne Arundel County Public Schools will have one of the fastest data networks in the nation thanks to a fiber-optic network project that will soon be completed.

    Read all about it on our news page . . .

  • Schuh and Arlotto Highlight Historic Investment in Fiber Optic Network

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    Schools get fastest speeds around

    Annapolis, MD (October 31, 2017) – Anne Arundel County Public Schools will have one of the fastest data networks in the nation thanks to a fiber-optic network project that will soon be completed.

    “Technology is essential in order for our students to compete,” County Executive Steve Schuh said. “We provided . . .

  • What is ICBN?

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    The Inter-County Broadband Network is a network of 216-strand fiber that runs through nine Central Maryland jurisdictions and connects anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, fire and police stations, hospitals and other buildings, and allows for the lightning-fast transmission of data . . .

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    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    Check out our How to Connect page . . .

  • ICBN Launches New Website

    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    As part of its mission to provide affordable, accessible high-speed broadband access to community institutions, businesses, and residents throughout the State of Maryland, ICBN has launched a new, streamlined website . . .