Why don’t we have broadband access in certain areas?

There are many reasons why an area does not have broadband access, but the three most common reasons are funding, geography, and density. ISPs will only provide service in the areas they can get a return on their investment. If the housing isn’t dense enough in a particular area, it may not be fiscally responsible for them to provide their service there. The rougher the terrain, the higher the installation cost. The County has no jurisdiction over what companies do; however, as noted earlier, QAC works with companies on public-private partnerships to expand broadband access countywide.

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1. What is broadband?
2. For broadband, how fast is fast enough?
3. What types of internet access do we have in Queen Anne’s County (QAC)?
4. What is the difference between wired and wireless internet?
5. For my current broadband connection, If I have been using the same equipment for a long time could that impact my internet speed?
6. What is QAC doing to increase/improve broadband access?
7. What grant opportunities exist?
8. Which areas of QAC are unserved and underserved?
9. Why don’t we have broadband access in certain areas?
10. Why won’t QAC allow other ISPs to “overbuild” (provide duplicate service) where Breezeline (formerly Atlantic Broadband) fiber exists?
11. Is there any way to make getting wired broadband to my home more affordable if I have a long driveway?
12. What can I do to help get broadband to my community?
13. ISPs in or near QAC:
14. Wireless ISPs in or near QAC:
15. Current or pending wired broadband infrastructure (service maps) based on permits or other available information: