What’s happening with the Broadband business?
Here’s the update – Legislation passed the Maryland General Assembly in March allowing Choptank to become Member Regulated to start our broadband business. We had to hold a member vote before moving forward. The vote occurred – and passed – on August 13, 2020.
Since then, Choptank has created a separate business, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the cooperative, to operate the broadband business. We are working on the business plan, reviewing our existing fiber infrastructure (smart grid), and developing the technical specs necessary to begin broadband service for members. We are also putting together financing – considering investments, loans, and grants from local, state, and federal government sources.
When will Broadband be available to members?
We expect to begin connecting members in the Summer of 2021 and will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony soon. Deployment maps are available now - See were Choptank Fiber will be building out this year. This is a 10-year project that we hope to accelerate with grant funding.
How much will it cost?
For specific pricing and plan details, visit our Packages webpage. We do plan to offer broadband over fiber optic connections directly to the home. We will offer packages up to 1 gigabit speeds and we will not have data caps. At this time we will not offer television programming or phone service.
How can I sign up for broadband?
Complete the registration survey above. This does not obligate anyone to sign up for internet service when it becomes available; that will be a separate application process. We will reach out to members who enter their information as broadband becomes available in their communities. We will also post updates at www.choptankfiber.com and Choptank Electric's social media outlets.
For additional questions and answers, please visit www.choptankfiber.com.