Chair: Charlotte L. Davis, Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council

[photo, 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland] Appointed by Governor: Theresa C. Bethune; Robert E. Branson, Esq.; Jonathan D. Favorite; Brian R. Roche; Lisa V. McCabe; Robert Scott Randall; Andrew D. Roscoe; Andrew (Drew) Van Dopp.

Appointed by Senate President: Adelaide C. Eckardt; George C. Edwards; Stephen M. Waugh; one vacancy.

Appointed by House Speaker: Sally Y. Jameson; Carol L. Krimm; Mary Ann Lisanti; John F. (Johnny) Mautz IV.

Appointed by Chair, Public Service Commission: Juan C. Alvarado

Appointed by Task Force Chair: Robert P. Behlke; Thomas Dennison; Hugh E. Grunden; Sean M. Looney; W. Patrick Mitchell; Michael S. Scott, Ph.D.

Appointed by Task Force Chair representing multicounty organization: Heather M. Gramm

Representing Mid-Shore Regional Council: W. Scott Warner

100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland, July 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Representing Tri-County Council for Lower Eastern Shore: Michael P. Pennington

Representing Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland: John F. Hartline

Representing Tri-County Council for Western Maryland: Guy J. Winterberg

Representing Upper Shore Regional Council: Jack N. Wilson, Jr.

Ex officio: Steven Pennington, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Michael G. Leahy, Secretary of Information Technology.

Staff: Andrea (Andi) Morony

c/o Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs
Department of Information Technology
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032
(410) 697-9456
e-mail: andi.morony1@maryland.gov

Report to Governor & General Assembly due Nov. 20, 2018 (Chapters 177 & 178, Acts of 2018).

In June 2017, the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless, and Cellular Service formed (Chapters 620 & 621, Acts of 2017).

The Task Force is to explore ways Maryland counties can work together to get federal assistance for improving rural internet, broadband, wireless and cellular service. Current connectivity is to be assessed, particularly for users located at the end of connectivity. Gaps and redundancies in current internet, broadband, wireless, cellular, and landline service connectivity will be evaluated by the Task Force. Also to be evaluated are any federal funds for which application was made previously in response to an earlier task force.

To help identify unserved and underserved rural areas in Maryland, the Task Force is to seek comment from local governments, internet service providers, and wireless service providers. How to access maps sufficiently to both educate the public and calculate costs for universal last-mile broadband coverage is to be considered by the Task Force.

Authorization for the Task Force originally was to end on May 31, 2018, but was extended to May 31, 2019 (Chapters 177 & 178, Acts of 2018).

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