DENTON — Choptank Fiber, Choptank Electric Cooperative’s wholly owned broadband subsidiary, was introduced to the Maryland General Assembly’s Eastern Shore Delegation on Friday, Feb. 12.
The new broadband provider boasts true Gigabit speed with no data caps and plans to begin hook-ups as early as this summer to selected areas, according to a news release.
Choptank Fiber’s goal is to install broadband one community at a time, by reinvesting monthly subscription revenue into developing the infrastructure for the next community, until the entirety of the rural Shore is served, the release states.
“We are excited to begin installations this coming summer for the many members who are without adequate internet access,” said Mike Malandro, president and CEO of Choptank Electric. “Our plan is to reach our membership on the Eastern Shore in a ten-year period, but we are also aggressively pursuing grant funds at the federal and state levels to accelerate our deployment.”
The business plan is reportedly finalized. Choptank Electric is now reviewing existing fiber infrastructure and developing the technical specifications necessary to deliver broadband service.
“The Board is proud to undertake this long-term project on behalf of the membership” said Jeff Rathell, chairman of the board and the Talbot County representative. “We know how important broadband is, not only to our members, but to the entire Eastern Shore.”
To learn more about Choptank Fiber, visit www.choptankfiber.com.