Baltimore just hired its first broadband coordinator to do for the city what Verizon won’t.
Verizon’s fiber-optic network, FiOS, is available in Baltimore’s suburbs, but the company has “no current plans” to bring its high-speed broadband service to the city proper.
That’s where Jason Hardebeck comes in. As the city’s new broadband coordinator, he is tasked with figuring out how to utilize Baltimore’s fiber-optic network to deliver high-speed Internet within the city limits.
“It’s clearly one of the No. 1 challenges and issues for technology-focused companies in the city,” Hardebeck told WBAL, “and our goal is to figure out how to provide that kind of ubiquitous and affordable access to both companies as well as residents.”