Over a decade ago, local elected leaders from the Eastern Shore, Southern, and Western Maryland came together to address citizen concerns about the lack of internet services in their regions.
In 2006 the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MdBC) was created by legislative intent of the Maryland General Assembly with the directed purpose of working with Internet Service Providers (ISP) to offer service to both under-served and un-served areas all across Maryland.
The first phase of our initiative began with federal and state funding to connect Wallops Island, VA up and across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. While supporting NASA on Wallops Island, this fiber asset allowed MdBC to increase service offerings along the same path to our members and directly to their customers.
Over the last fourteen years, MdBC has partnered with our Members, fellow Cooperatives, and local, state, and federal entities to construct and add to our network for the benefit of our members and, ultimately, the citizens and businesses of Maryland.
Mr. Tom Dennison, Chairman
Mr. Brian Roche, Vice Chairman
Ms. Susan O’Neill, Secretary
Mr. John Hartline, Treasurer
Mr. Ted Book, Director
Mr. Tim McGaha, Director
Mr. Gregory Padgham, Director
Hon. Virgil Shockley, Director
Mr. Scott Warner, Director
Mr. Nathaniel Watkins, Director
Mr. Guy Winterberg, Director
Drew Van Dopp, President & CEO
Robert O. Thompson, Chief Operating Officer
Tyler C. Patton, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
Gary Ruark, Network Manager
Wayne Howard, Operations Manager
Pete Peterman, Project Manager
Tim Heitman, Project Manager
Charlie Russell, Damage Mitigation Manager
Charles Gunzelman, Senior Network Technician
Tyler Thompson, Senior Fiber Technician
Pam King, Financial Coordinator
Alva Birks, Administrative Assistant