FAQ

 

What is ICBN?

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.


How is ICBN different from other broadband offerings? How much faster is it?

ICBN may be available in areas where commercial broadband is either not offered or prohibitively expensive. Speeds exceed those currently available through commercial offerings.


How will businesses benefit from ICBN?

Businesses can lease dark fiber either directly or by working with last mile providers. The availability of ICBN dark fiber will allow business to find lower cost alternatives to traditional internet providers.


How will I know if my business can receive services from ICBN?

ICBN is in the process of retaining a leasing company that will facilitate connections for businesses. Check this site periodically for more information. Contact ICBN at 800-497-7023 or email us at answers@icbn-md.com for additional information.


When will services become available to businesses?

Dark fiber is available to be leased today. Contact ICBN at 800-497-7023 or email us at answers@icbn-md.com for additional information.


What is involved with dark fiber leasing?

Un-utilized and unlit strands in the network that are not being used for government services are known as “dark fiber” and are available for leasing to commercial enterprises. The leasing will be handled by a private company now being selected by ICBN. Contact ICBN at 800-497-7023 or email us at answers@icbn-md.com for additional information.


Who is paying for ICBN?

The network was funded in part by the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), with matching funding from each participating jurisdiction. Each jurisdiction continues to support the network within its boundaries.


How will community anchors benefit from ICBN?

The network allows for rapid transmission of large amounts of data, and the benefits are limited only by imagination: Classes can be held between schools; hospitals can share medical records; first responders can get better access to data to protect us; government can become more efficient by providing services at remote locations.


How do community anchor institutions request information about broadband services?

To determine whether the institution you are interested in is linked to the ICBN network or is an eligible community anchor institution, please contact ICBN at 800-497-7023 or email us at answers@icbn-md.com.


When will services become available to anchor institutions?

Services are currently available. Contact ICBN at 800-497-7023 or email us at answers@icbn-md.com for additional information.