1. The Impact of High Speed Broadband on Higher Education and Research

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    UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski has little doubt that the high-speed bandwidth provided by the ICBN will be a game-changer for Maryland's higher education institutions and for the way research is conducted across the state.

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    • Dr. Robert Wack, Westminster City Council

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      Dr. Robert Wack, the President of the Westminster City Council, talks about the challenges his city faces in attracting new businesses and new jobs. He predicts that the One Maryland network will provide the crucial infrastructure that will now allow Westminster to overcome those challenges.

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      • Dr. Robert Wack, Westminster City Council

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        Dr. Robert Wack, the President of the Westminster City Council, says the One Maryland network will be the roadway to new innovations that most people can't even imagine. He says it's as much of a game changer as the development of electricity.

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        • Senator Barbara Mikulski

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          Senator Barbara Mikulski says the One Maryland fiber network will allow the state to grow jobs. It will make Maryland more competitive in the effort to retain existing jobs and attract new businesses.

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          • Senator Barbara Mikulski

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            Senator Barbara Mikulski says the speeds provided by the One Maryland network will allow the state and local governments to better serve residents with more efficient and faster on-line services.

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            • Senator Barbara Mikulski

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              Now that construction is complete on One Maryland: ICBN, Senator Barbara Mikulski says businesses across Maryland will have access to broadband with unbelievable bandwidth and speed.

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              • Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman

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                Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman tallks about what the One Maryland: ICBN will mean to the residents of her county. It will provide an opportunity for some residents to finally upgrade from dial-up internet services.

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                • County Executive Ulman Launches Community-Wide Anti-Bullying Campaign

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                  Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today launched a comprehensive community-based anti-bullying initiative, which includes a marketing and outreach effort and an online- and web-based reporting system for incidents of bullying. A coalition of educational, recreational and community-based partners will be working together to combat this serious problem. Together with Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose, County Executive Ulman also unveiled a new system for cameras on HCPSS buses that will serve as an additional child-protection measure. County Executive Ulman announced the name of the anti-bullying initiative, which is being called “Stand Up HoCo,” as well as the address of the mobile and web reporting system, which is accessible through http://hoco.sprigeo.com. The campaign slogan and logo were developed through community participation in a County social media survey and voting promotion. Reports of bullying will be reviewed and sent to responsible adults at the locations where incidents occur. “As a parent, I worry about the very real effects of bullying. As a leader, I know Howard County can come together to change the way we think about and deal with this problem,” said County Executive Ulman. “Our program is unique: we have public schools, private schools, sports leagues, parks and playgrounds, and community institutions coming together with a shared mission, and a shared message that bullying is unacceptable and must stop.” Stand Up HoCo has three primary components: • A social marketing and outreach effort, funded largely through $250,000 in the County budget proposed by County Executive Ulman and approved by the Howard County Council. • A menu of training and resources that will be available online and through program partners. • The online and mobile reporting tool, http://hoco.sprigeo.com. In publicizing the program on Friday, County Executive Ulman was joined at the Dancel Family Y in Ellicott City by HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose, who announced a related initiative for monitoring cameras on Howard County school buses. Starting this school year, a series of four individual cameras were installed in 100 of the newest vehicles used by the school system, with another 111 buses to be equipped by the end of the year. That would mean about half of the buses used by HCPSS would have the devices. Images from the cameras are not be monitored live; they are stored on locked hard drives and are available for review by officials such as school administrators and School Resource Offices as needed. “Safety is our top priority. The cameras give school personnel a way to investigate and address bullying or otherwise disruptive activities that happen on the school bus,” said Dr. Foose. “These cameras will help us to ensure that students get to school safely – both physically and emotionally – while riding a school bus.” U.S. Senator Ben Cardin participated in the program announcement, and said he would lend his support to all efforts to combat bullying. “We need to know that our kids are safe. And our kids need to know that if they’re being harassed at school or out in their communities, they have somewhere to turn and that life really does get better,” said Senator Ben Cardin. “Howard County is taking concrete steps toward ending this cycle of bullying. I’m proud to support legislation that would make the federal government a better partner in helping states and local communities.” Howard County Councilwoman Courtney Watson, the lead sponsor of local legislation to address bullying, stressed that the community will continue to come together. “We are still dealing with the after-effects of horrible incidents in Howard County. We will do all we can to help children, parents and others change behavior and change community norms.”

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                  • Kent Island High School Broadband Celebration

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                    Students at Kent Island High School are now enjoying uninterrupted internet access thanks to the work of the One Maryland: ICBN project. Governor Martin O'Malley, Senator Barbara Mikulski and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman visited the school to talk about what this project means to the school and to the economy of the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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                    • The Public Safety Benefits of One Maryland: ICBN -- Better Training for First Responders

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                      William Goddard, III, Chief of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, talks about how the One Maryland: ICBN project will allow the county to enhance its training for first responders. Goddard says public safety agencies across the state will benefit from the robust capacity of this broadband network. The network will be used to transmit training sessions all across Maryland.

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