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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. In response to Covid-19, the County Executive and County Council have approved the Office of Broadband Programs, Department of Technology & Enterprise Business Solutions (TEBS') plan to strategically re-direct ultraMontgomery CIP funding to support digital equity initiatives in underserved communities where residents do not have home broadband service. Work will continue to complete the Great Seneca Fiber Hwy from Gaithersburg to Ashburn Virginia and Phase 2 of the East County Fiber Hwy from White Oak to Howard County and Prince George's County. The MoCoNet digital equity project to bring free and low cost high speed broadband to affordable housing developments will be expanded. ultraMontgomery will continue to leverage opportunities to expand broadband to rural areas of the County, support expanded public WiFi, and grow public-private partnerships for wireless deployments and innovation.
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Phase

Preliminary Design Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$29.92M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$25.4M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Estimated Schedule

MocoNet projects are under construction and additional projects are being prioritized. The County is also seeking federal funding through various Covid-19 relief and infrastructure acts. The project anticipates connecting 500 units per year, or more depending on available supplemental funding.
Construction of the final segment of Great Seneca Fiber Hwy is expected to be competed in 2021. The East County Fiber Highway will be completed in 2022. The Purple Line and White Oak Science Gateway projects have been delayed by factors unrelated to ultraMontgomery and work is expected to resume in FY25.
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Cost Change

Additional federal infrastructure funding provided to the State is being requested. Additional County funds have been added in FY27 and FY28.
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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.
ultraMontgomery supports economic and racial diversity, equity, and inclusion goals by working to close our community's digital divide through: access to the digital economy for underserved communities through deployment of devices and residential broadband in affordable housing developments and expansion of Public WiFi; 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; and 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; Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation; and affordable housing developers in Montgomery County.
Budget Snapshot
$29.92M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$25.4M 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 Supervision918506923206080604040400
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction77661616231038406206006406606606600
Other2123500212354635477547754775227500
Total Expenditures299192122240225395531554555475547529757000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: Cable TV86842122240241606806807007007007000
Federal Aid2123500212354635477547754775227500
Total Funding Sources299192122240225395531554555475547529757000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request5315
Year First AppropriationFY16
Appropriation FY 24 Request5455
Last FY's Cost Estimate7244
Cumulative Appropriation4524
Expenditure / Encumbrances3605
Unencumbered Balance919