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MARYLAND RURAL BROADBAND COORDINATION BOARD

Virgil L. Shockley, Chair (chosen by Board)

Representing Dept. of Budget & Management: Ellis L. Kitchen, Chief of Information Technology

Ex officio: David W. Edgerley, Secretary of Business & Economic Development; John M. Contestabile, designee of Secretary of Transportation; Charles Ross, Chair, Rural Maryland Council; Ellen Flowers-Fields, designee of Chair, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland; James J. Stakem, Chair, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland; Gale Nashold, designee of Chair, Mid-Shore Regional Council; Virgil L. Shockley, designee of Chair, Tri-County Council for Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland; William W. Pickrum, designee of Chair, Upper Shore Regional Council.

Contact: Vanessa A. Orlando

c/o Rural Maryland Council, Dept. of Agriculture
Wayne A. Cawley, Jr. Building, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401 - 8960
(410) 841-5772
e-mail: orlandva@mda.state.md.us

The Maryland Rural Broadband Coordination Board was established in July 2006 (Chapter 269, Acts of 2006; Code 1957, Art. 41, secs. 21-101 through 21-103). For rural and underserved areas of the State, the Board will work to establish broadband communication services. To that end, the Board will review and approve the disbursement of funds from the Rural Broadband Assistance Fund, and through cooperation with other public, private, and nonprofit entities, it will obtain further resources for establishing broadband communication services in rural and underserved areas in Maryland.

The Board consists of nine members. They include the Secretary of Business and Economic Development; the Secretary of Transportation; a representative from the Department of Budget and Management; the chair of the Rural Maryland Council; and the chair or designee from five regional councils. The Board is staffed by the Rural Maryland Council, which also includes in its annual report an account of Board activities.

Authorization for the Board extends through June 30, 2020.

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