Baltimore Broadband Coalition
Bring Competition for Internet Services Through the Deployment of Fiber Optic to Homes, Businesses, and Anchor Institutions in Baltimore
Take 3 Actions:
1. Join Our Coalition - Click here: Bring cheaper faster Internet to Baltimore
2. Complete Our Survey - Click here to complete survey and say what you think about broadband in Baltimore
3. Reduce Your Costs - Find Out What Others Pay in Baltimore for Triple or Double or Single play options
Broadband is broken in Baltimore. We have no choice in providers. We pay more. We get less. Baltimore is behind. This campaign is in response to a survey and community meeting indicating resident dissatisfaction throughout Baltimore. 20-40% of city residents do not connect to the Internet when connectivity is now essential for effective participation. Poor fiber optic infrastructure impairs the economic growth of Baltimore
- Deploy fiber optic lines to homes, businesses and anchor institutions throughout Baltimore and establish an open fiber infrastructure promoting competition among Internet service providers
- Provide low cost connectivity options for those with low incomes
- Offer commercial stakeholders and anchor institutions connectivity options superior to existing choices
- Build grassroots effort in partnership with elected officials, anchor institutions and commercial stakeholders
- Fiber optic investment comes to cities showing sufficient market demand. We believe this will be true in Baltimore. We use a crowdfunding platform (CrowdFiber) to sign up campaign backers and as a means to organize our broadband advocacy and funding.
- Use the strength and pattern of campaign support to attract potential fiber providers (within the U.S., there are 858 providers of fiber optic) and to demonstrate the importance of this issue to elected officials
- Release a Request for Information to fiber providers exploring models of ownership, fiber deployment and operation.
- Help the Baltimore City goverment see the importance of its role in facilitating improvements in broadband services (read our letter to Mayor) concerning draft Smart City task force report.
- Implement micro-pilots, not too big to be too complicated to deploy in mid-term but not too small that they are unimportant. Micropilots will explore what works and what is important.
How Can You Participate
- Back the campaign through Crowdfiber, our crowdfunding site. In doing so, you are only agreeing to consider purchasing such services if they were available at competitive rates. We are asking for a small $10 donation to help fund campaign costs. You will be asked to create an account either on Crowdfiber or with Facebook and then to pay using Amazon. Your backing location will be mapped to the Community Statistical Area (CSA) in which you live and work.
- Take the Broadband Survey and tell us what you think about existing services and what you want in improved services
- Work to achieve the campaign goal for the CSA in which you live or work. The campaign goal for each CSA is 20% of the number of owner occupied housing units and 5% of rental occupied units. We believe these goals represent the "tipping point" to motivate interest by fiber investors.
- Invite a presentation about the campaign at community meetings, schools, business organization, etc. - anywhere there is a good size group of interested parties. Help to create opportunities to explain the campaign.
- We look for campaign champions to volunteer to lead in their community. Write to us at BaltimoreBroadband@gmail.com if you are interested.
For More Background and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
If you prefer to join by mail, you can do so by writing a check for $10 made out to the Baltimore Broadband Campaign and sending the check along with your name, address, email, phone number to: RPCL Office, 5115B Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210
If any trouble enrolling, ask for help at BaltimoreBroadband@gmail.com
Read Baltimore Sun Op-Ed Click Here submitted by members of the campaign. This explains in more detail our campaign.