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Town receives grant and funding for fiber optic cable

Mayor Brandon Paulin of Indian Head

Indian Head, MD - In the last decade, when high-speed fiber-optic cable was being laid down along Route 210, the installation stopped at the outskirts of the Town of Indian Head.

With the Naval Surface Warfare Center—the town’s main employer—situated at the end of that road, the logic behind such a decision was baffling.

A recent economic development assessment of the town identified the need for such a network as a crucial, fundamental requirement if Indian Head is to recover from the blight of empty storefronts lining Route 210.

At the regular monthly meeting of the Indian Head Town Council, Tuesday, July 5, Mayor Brandon Paulin announced that the town has received a state grant and help from the Charles County Commissioners to help connect the town to the 21st century.

The Maryland Economic Development Association awarded the town $211,000 toward the $308,000 the installation will cost.

Charles County contributed another $67,000 to the effort, leaving the town to fund the remaining $30,000.

Paulin, the youngest mayor in Maryland, is ecstatic over the news.

“It will be a little more time before we get to put the shovels in the ground,” he admitted. “But with the state grant and the county contributing $67,000, the town is contributing a minimal amount and getting a lot out of it.

“With the Navy base, the technology is definitely needed,” Paulin said. “I’m hoping it spins off into a technological renaissance.”

Paulin said he is hopeful that the announcement will herald the end of the empty storefronts and signal a new era for the town.

“This project will make it easily accessible,” he explained. “I’m hoping we can fill up those empty office spaces along Route 210 with high-speed technology.”

Contact Joseph Norris at joe.norris@thebaynet.com

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