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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. The Department of Technology Services (DTS) Office of Broadband Programs has re-directed the strategic goals of ultraMontgomery to better address equity-based initiatives in underserved neighborhoods and areas where service does not exist or residents are unable to afford service. Funding will support planning, design, and construction of: (1) completion of the Great Seneca Fiber Hwy to provide shortest distance, low latency connection between Great Seneca and Ashburn, Virginia data centers; (2) completion of 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; (3) MoCoNet Digital Equity in Affordable Housing projects to expand use of County broadband infrastructure 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 and rural properties throughout the County; (4) expanding rural broadband grant opportunities and exploring a pilot project with Starlink SpaceX satellite internet solutions to make robust broadband available (100 Mbps + download speeds) to unserved properties in the Agricultural Reserve who are interested in participating; (5) 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; (6) 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; (7) Purple Line Fiber to connect Montgomery County research and higher education facilities to MAX and Internet2 at the University of Maryland, College Park; and (8) 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
$7.24M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$6.68M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

?(1) Primary construction of the Great Seneca Fiber Hwy will be completed in FY21, with fiber ring to alternate data centers completed in FY21-22, and additional extensions within Great Seneca completed in FY22-FY26. (2) East County Fiber Hwy Phase 1 (to Burtonsville) was completed in FY18; Phase 2 to Howard County and Prince George's County will be completed in Summer 2021. (3) Digital equity installations began in FY21 and will continue through FY23. (4) Providing robust broadband to the Agricultural Reserve began in FY21 and will continue through FY23. Starlink internet solutions started development in FY21. (5) Design for public WiFi, advanced wireless, and conduit in commercial and community gathering areas is underway and outreach to potential private partners is in development. (6) Testbeds are in development. (7) Purple Line is dependent on the Purple Line and third-party construction schedules, and agreement from MDOT and Purple Line concessionaire to use fiber. (8) White Science Gateway conduit construction will be performed concurrently with Viva White construction and is expected to begin in FY23-24.

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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. As part of the recovery efforts, OBP made internet access available at affordable housing and rural locations. For several years DTS has been working on expanding internet availability in the Agricultural Reserve through partnerships with the incumbent providers and applying for state and federal broadband grant opportunities. Additionally, efforts are focused on working with affordable housing partners to determine the level of interest and potential affordable housing developments that can be served.

ultraMontgomery supports economic and racial diversity, equity, and inclusion goals by working to close our community's digital divide through: access to competitive broadband services in commercial buildings through infrastructure development, public private partnerships, strategic conduit network deployment, and leasing of spare County fiber and conduit; access to the digital economy for underserved communities through deployment of devices and residential broadband in affordable housing developments and expansion of Public WiFi; business growth and innovation in biotech/bioheath, cybersecurity, IT services, financial services, media and similar high-bandwidth-consuming sectors and federal, state, research and higher education institutions.

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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; and Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.
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Budget Snapshot
$7.24M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$6.68M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP341700
Date Last Modified03/30/21
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 FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision8563430513159134705050500
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction638822206166256910976106306306300
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures724456506679272812316806806806800
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Cable TV724456506679272812316806806806800
Total Funding Sources724456506679272812316806806806800
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request680
Year First AppropriationFY16
Appropriation FY 22 Request680
Last FY's Cost Estimate7244
Cumulative Appropriation3844
Expenditure / Encumbrances889
Unencumbered Balance2955