Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young is looking to put net neutrality and municipal broadband on the agenda at City Hall.
A 2017 Legislative Obituary: Cannabis Licensing Expansion, Internet Privacy, Immigrant Sanctuary Policy, Polystyrene Ban
The Maryland General Assembly enjoyed a productive 2017 session, with lawmakers from both parties working across the aisle and with Gov. Larry Hogan to craft new laws shaping Maryland’s environmental, school funding and even cownose ray-hunting policies. However, there were some notable fallen soldiers.
This should be music to homeowners’ and contractors’ ears: Baltimore City’s permitting process has entered the 21st century.
Baltimore will soon have free Wi-Fi throughout the city, and it will start on the west side of downtown under a plan being formulated by a Maryland businessman.
Everyone hates Comcast. No, really, everyone hates Comcast. Even Baltimore’s Chief Technology/Information Officer admits that we’re all “paying more here for lesser service” thanks to that company’s virtual monopoly in our city. Yes, since the city signed an agreement with the internet service provider in 2004, Baltimore residents have been stuck with service that manages to be both slow and expensive. Luckily for us, that contract expires in 2016, and Baltimore is already exploring other options for the future.
On Tuesday, July 17, Google and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will participate in the statewide kick-off event for the Maryland Get Your Business Online program at the Legg Mason Tower in downtown Baltimore, from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Governor O’Malley will speak at 1:30 p.m.
Hundreds of small businesses are expected to attend the launch of Maryland Get Your Business Online which is an easy and fast way for Maryland businesses to build a website and get more visibility online where the majority of people find goods and services. Google is partnering with Intuit to provide its popular Intuit Websites offerings for free, including an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name and web-hosting for one year.
For the next year, participating Maryland businesses can go to www.MarylandGetOnline.com to get a free website as well as free tools, training and resources to help their business succeed online.
As was reported earlier this month in The New York Times, Mark Zuckerberg visited Baltimore last week as part of his Facebook IPO dog and pony show. One place he paused? The downtown headquarters of T. Rowe Price, of course, whose stake in the social media juggernaut is worth over $500 million.
Boy Wonder brought along his chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, and the two had to sneak inside.
“They were trying to avoid a Fox 45 camera team near the building so they came in throught the service elevator,” said one person who attended the meeting. “Mark was in his hoodie, as is his M.O.”
Zuckerberg presented to the group and munched on chicken parm, pasta, and Italian bread, just like any 27-year-old (he turned 28 a few days later). Then he was off to BWI to head back to California and more of the roadshow.