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Mayor hires Baltimore's first 'Broadband Coordinator'

"A robust broadband infrastructure is absolutely vital to our city," @MayorSRB says.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday hired Jason Hardebeck, a veteran technology executive, to become the city's first Broadband Coordinator.

Hardebeck, who will be paid $44,000 as a contractor, will lead an effort with community members and businesses to implement a widespread broadband plan for Baltimore.

"The city has a fiber-optic network, and we're looking at how to extend that," he said. "We’re going to develop a strategy to more effectively provide municipal broadband."

In announcing Hardebeck's hiring, the mayor said "a robust broadband infrastructure is absolutely vital to our city."

Hiring a broadband coordinator was one recommendation made in Baltimore's Smarter City Task Force Report.

The 27-member task force also recommended the city map all public, private and institutional fiber in Baltimore to identify gaps for future projects.

Hardebeck is managing partner at Baltimore Machine Works and the former director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.


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