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Our History

The Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MdBC) was created in 2006 when elected leaders from all parts of Rural Maryland came together to address the frequent concerns they heard from citizens across the state about the lack of affordable and reliable internet services in their communities.

The purpose of MdBC has been clear from day one: bring world class internet services to the most rural and underserved places in Maryland. Through state and federal funding, MdBC was able to build a middle mile fiber network on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Southern Maryland, and Western Maryland.

MdBC currently has 79 members of which are internet service providers, government entities, Health Care providers, institutions of higher education, electric cooperatives, and other strategic partners who have a desire to see broadband expansion in Rural Maryland.

Our Board

Meet Staff

OUR MISSION

The Maryland Broadband Cooperative provides reliable and competitive digital connectivity solutions supporting our stakeholders in unserved and underserved areas.

VISION STATEMENT

The Maryland Broadband Cooperative will be at the forefront of providing innovative and sustainable digital connectivity solutions and support to all of its stakeholders.

Our Board

Mr. Tim McGaha

Chairman

Vice President, Technical Services

Choptank Electric Cooperative

Mr. Brian Roche

Vice Chairman

Chief Technology Officer

Bay Country Communications

Mr. Nathaniel Watkins

Secretary

Chief Information Officer

Garrett County Maryland

Mr. John Hartline

Treasurer

Executive Director

Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

Mr. Ted Book

Director

Director of Easton Velocity

Easton Utilities

Mr. Tom Dennison

Director

Managing Director, Government & Public Affairs

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

Ms. Susan O’Neill

Director

Executive Director

Upper Shore Regional Council

Mr. Gregory Padgham

Director

Executive Director

Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore

Mr. Jeremey Sweeney

Director

Information Technology Manager

Atlantic General Hospital

Mr. Scott Warner

Director

Executive Director

MidShore Regional Council

Mr. Guy Winterberg

Director

Assistant Director

Tri-County Council for Western Maryland

Our Staff

Drew Van Dopp

President & CEO

Rob Thompson

Chief Operating Officer

Tim Hayes

Vice President of Finance

Wayne Howard

Director of Administration

Gary Ruark

Network Manager

Pete Peterman

Director - Project Management/ Infrastructure

Tim Heitman

Project Manager

Charlie Russell

Damage Mitigation Manager

Pam King

Financial Coordinator

Breann Green

Impact Coordinator

Jeanette Sieling

Compliance Coordinator

Alva Birks

Administrative Assistant

Gregory Krysiak

Locator

Jim Musciano

Network Technician

John Gordy

Network Technician

David Miller

Senior Fiber Splicing Technician

Joe Derbyshire

Fiber Optic Technician

Mike Helensky

Fiber Optic Technician

Justin Charles

Fiber Optic Apprentice