New broadband infrastructure project takes shape in Queen Anne’s County

07/01/2024| Rebecca Clark

New broadband infrastructure project takes shape in Queen Anne’s County

07/01/2024 | Rebecca Clark

Guest feature: Rebecca Clark is the Economic Development Coordinator for Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic & Tourism Development . Follow QAC on Facebook  and Twitter .

Queen Anne’s County Economic & Tourism Development has announced a transformative broadband expansion project  that will bolster the county’s business attraction and retention efforts, and spur economic growth within the Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Stevensville.

The Chesapeake Bay Business Park stands as a hub of economic activity in Queen Anne’s County, housing more than 100 businesses and a significant portion of the county’s workforce. The expansion of broadband infrastructure in the business park will support the diverse needs of many of Queen Anne’s County’s top industries, including manufacturing and wholesale trade, professional services, healthcare, warehousing, and construction-related trades and services.

The county’s economic development office recognized the vital role of reliable, high-speed internet access in supporting business innovation and productivity, and partnered with the QAC Broadband Advisory Committee and KRM Development Corporation to address the existing challenges faced by businesses within the park. KRM Development Corporation surveyed its tenants to understand more about their broadband needs and found that respondents overwhelmingly indicated they are in need of faster and more reliable service.

The project, funded through Maryland Department of Commerce’s Rural Maryland Economic Development Fund , will see the installation of underground fiber infrastructure capable of delivering uninterrupted service to all sites within the business park.

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