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 these ISPs 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.
Since then MDBC has been partnering with our members and local, state and federal agencies to construct and add to our network for the benefit of our members and ultimately the citizens of Maryland.
Mr. Danny Jobe, Board Chairman
Mr. Jim McCormick, Vice Chairman
Hon. Virgil Shockley, Treasurer
Mr. Guy Winterberg, Secretary
Mr. Cal Coursey, Director
Mr. WIlliam Grimes, Director
Mr. John Hartline, Director
Ms. Susan O’Neill, Director
Mr. Gregory Padgham, Director
Mr. Scott Warner, Director
Mr. Nathaniel Watkins, Director
Mr. Drew Van Dopp, President & CEO
Drew Van Dopp, President & CEO
Robert O. Thompson, Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Smethurst, Chief Financial Officer
Tyler C. Patton, Vice President, Public Affairs
Pete Peterman, Project Manager
Gary Ruark, Network Manager
Tyler Esham, Network Technician
Charles Gunzelman, Network Technician
Wayne Howard, Network Technician
Tyler Thompson, Fiber Technician
Tim Heitman, Fiber Technician
Krah Plunkert, Director, Administration
Megan Speake, Projects Coordinator
Pam King, AR/AP Clerk
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