Maryland's Carroll County is the latest municipality to build their own middle mile fiber network, which according to a Baltimore Sun article will be completed by the end of this month.
To date, the county has connected 100 sites to the network, including a number of government offices, Carroll Community College, Carroll County Public Libraries and Carroll County Public Schools. It added that private companies will be able to connect to the network at the end of the month.
The cost of the network, according to Mark Ripper, Carroll County chief information officer, cost about $11.5 million with an additional $6-$6.5 million from federal funding. Ripper added that once the project is completed complete, Carroll is expected to save $700,000 to $800,000 a year.
Similar to other middle mile network providers, Carroll owns the network infrastructure including the fiber, but services will be delivered to end-users via other third-party local service providers.
- The Baltimore Sun has this article
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