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Columbia Association to join ICBN

The Columbia Association will link a half-dozen of its facilities into the Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN), a statewide, publicly funded Internet provider built to improve online speed.

The project, which began in 2011 and involved installing fiber-optic cables throughout the state, was spearheaded by County Executive Ken Ulman and other Howard County elected officials.

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The county school system has already linked into the network. Earlier this month, the county announced nTech Solutions, a Columbia-based technology company, is using the network, making it one of the first businesses to do so.

The Columbia Association, a nonprofit that operates many of Columbia's open spaces and amenities, is expected to save money by joining the network, according to officials.

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More details about the partnership will be revealed on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Gym, 6151 Day Long Lane in Clarksville.

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