Legislation passed the Maryland General Assembly in March 2020 allowing Choptank Electric Cooperative to become Member Regulated to start our broadband business.
In Maryland, 36% of residents lack internet service that meets FCC standards — most are in rural areas, like the Eastern Shore.
According to the FCC, it is estimated that at least 6.3 million households in electric co-op service areas lack high-speed internet access. New research shows that a lack of rural broadband to those unserved co-op households leads to $68 billion in lost economic value over 20 years.
Benefits to co-op areas include improved health care, online learning opportunities, increased productivity for local businesses, higher housing values, and consumer savings through access to more products from competitive online sellers.