Carroll County, Md., is building a fiber-optic network that will connect 132 public buildings, according to a Carroll County Times interview posted Monday, July 9. The 110-mile network will be shared between Carroll County facilities and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative.

“The overall goal of this capital project is to build a robust, reliable and county-owned fiber-based network,” Office of Technology Services Administrator Mark Ripper said in an interview with the Carroll County Times. “The Carroll County Public Network is being constructed with fiber and network electronics that reduce restrictions placed on current data communication services. The new fiber-based network will have large capacity circuits that no longer limit the type of services and applications that can be provided around the county, regardless of the site location: government facility, school or library.”

The network, which is about 60 percent complete, Ripper said, is expected to be completed January next year.