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Description

The ultraMontgomery CIP provides for capital funding to support Montgomery County's economic development program and digital equity initiatives. Like economic development, internet service accessibility and affordability are critical factors in addressing equity disparities. Funding will support planning, design, and construction of: MoCoNet residential broadband in affordable housing developments to close the digital equity gap through the provision of free or low cost, reliable and robust residential Internet services and devices at affordable housing throughout the County; Public WiFi and Advanced Wireless Conduit Networks to provide conduit and fiber to support public WiFi and wireline and wireless broadband networks in commercial and community gathering areas of Montgomery County; Innovation Testbeds to spur development and expansion of traffic, transit, and pedestrian sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), advanced robotic, and cybersecurity IoT applications and innovation in Montgomery County; Purple Line Fiber to connect Montgomery County research and higher education facilities to MAX and Internet2 at the University of Maryland, College Park; and White Oak Science Gateway Conduit Network to provide broadband conduit infrastructure in Viva White Oak and other White Oak commercial development projects.
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Phase

Preliminary Design Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$19.2M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$14.68M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

Digital equity installations began in FY21 and will continue through FY28. White Oak Science Gateway conduit construction will be performed concurrently with Viva White Oak construction and is expected to occur in FY 24-25. Design for public WiFi, advanced wireless, conduit, and testbeds in commercial and community gathering areas are underway and outreach to potential private partners is in development. Purple Line fiber connections are dependent on the Purple Line and third-party construction.
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Cost Change

Federal funding provided through the State will be requested. County funds have been added in FY23, FY24 and FY25 to meet the anticipated required match for State funds. Additional County funds have also been added in FY27 and FY28 to support this ongoing project.
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Justification

ultraMontgomery is a broadband economic development and digital equity program, designed to ensure that businesses and underserved residents of affordable housing units in Montgomery County have as much reliable, secure, and robust broadband service as they need to live, work, learn and keep our economy moving at the speed of our ideas. ultraMontgomery also support the County's racial diversity, equity, and inclusion goals by working to close our community's digital divide through deployment of devices and residential broadband in affordable housing developments and underserved communities. ultraMontgomery supports economic development by: ensuring that all businesses can access broadband and by ensuring that all residents have the broadband service and devices to participate in the digital economy; expanding access to competitive broadband services in commercial buildings to support small and large businesses; and by leveraging infrastructure development and strategic conduit network deployment to create public private partnerships and enable leasing of spare County fiber and conduit. Access to broadband infrastructure throughout the County supports business growth and innovation in biotech/bio-health, cybersecurity, IT services, financial services, media and similar high-bandwidth-consuming sectors, and for federal and state government, research and higher education institutions.
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Other

In 2021, the Great Seneca Fiber Hwy was completed to provide shortest distance, low latency connection between Great Seneca and Ashburn, Virginia data centers. Phase 2 of the East County Fiber Hwy to provide regional interconnections north-south between White Oak and Howard County and east-west between Burtonsville and WSSC in Laurel will be completed in 2022.
In response to COVID-19, funding for rural broadband is being provided through state and federal broadband grants. Engineering, planning, and design work provided by the ultraMontgomery CIP has been instrumental in preparing state grant applications. Since other resources can meet these needs, funding from the ultraMontgomery CIP is no longer being prioritized for rural broadband.
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Disclosures

The County Executive asserts that this project conforms to the requirement of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.
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Coordination

FiberNet (P509651); Purple Line Department of Transportation; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; Montgomery College; WSSC; Information Technology Policy Coordination Committee; Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation; and affordable housing developers in Montgomery County.
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Budget Snapshot
$19.2M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$14.68M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP341700
Date Last Modified05/20/22
Administering AgencyTechnology Services
CategoryGeneral Government
SubCategoryTechnology Services
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision858506922606080602020200
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction1834616162310144204120420041206606606600
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures1920421222402146804180428041806806806800
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Cable TV86042122240240806806806806806806800
Current Revenue: General16000016005006005000000
Federal Aid00000000000
State Aid90000090003000300030000000
Total Funding Sources1920421222402146804180428041806806806800
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request4180
Year First AppropriationFY16
Appropriation FY 24 Request4280
Last FY's Cost Estimate7244
Cumulative Appropriation4524
Expenditure / Encumbrances3605
Unencumbered Balance919