Statewide Broadband Network Goes Live In Rural Md. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Statewide Broadband Network Goes Live In Rural Md.

Play associated audio
Maryland senator Barbara Mikulski and governor Martin O'Malley receive a demonstration of the state's broadband internet network at the La Plata state police barracks in Charles County.
Matt Bush
Maryland senator Barbara Mikulski and governor Martin O'Malley receive a demonstration of the state's broadband internet network at the La Plata state police barracks in Charles County.

Leaders in Maryland are celebrating the launch of a statewide broadband Internet network. The state police barracks in La Plata, Charles County is the first site in Maryland to go "live" on the broadband network.

Patrolling the rural county can at times leave troopers all alone, but now the barracks can see cameras in patrol cars in real time. While that will help with public safety, governor Martin O'Malley says the biggest benefit may be that all schools will be eventually be connected to the network.

"In these times when debates in a lot of other state capitals and communities are all about cut, cut, cut, cut, cut...we say don't cut our children's future," says O'Malley. "Make these investments today."

Charles County may be the best example of this, says O'Malley, as the network will allow Mt. Hope-Nanjemoy Elementary school to receive broadband internet.  Currently, it is the only school in the county that doesn't have it due to its remote location.

Federal stimulus dollars are paying for the network. Senator Barbara Mikulski believes it can be an example for the many other areas of the country that are seeing similar transformations. She believes better broadband connections will mean more jobs, but she says that is something Republicans on Capitol Hill fighting the president's jobs plan don't see.

"My concern is that they're so busy trying to make sure he loses his job, that we're not fighting to create jobs for people," says Mikulski. "That's got to be our number one priority: private sector jobs. Broadband is like the railroad.  It lays the groundwork."

NPR

The Exquisite Dissonance Of Kehinde Wiley

The Brooklyn Museum's mid-career Wiley retrospective wraps up this week; his large, elaborate works depict black men and women in traditional forms like oil, bronze sculture and even stained glass.
NPR

In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." And this Saturday, Trenton, N.J., will host not one, but two competing festivals devoted to this Garden State meat delicacy.
NPR

Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.
NPR

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.