Infrastructure

Utilities

Electricity: Customers of investor-owned utilities and major cooperatives may choose their electric supplier. Electricity is available through Delmarva Power and Choptank Electric. Natural gas is supplied to Cambridge by Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (Cambridge Gas Co. Division). The average rates that could be expected for industrial and manufacturing users, for 300 KW load is $0.0852 per KWH.

Gas: Natural gas is supplied to Cambridge by Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (Cambridge Gas Co. Division)

Water, Sewer and Fiber: Municipal water and sewer systems are located in Cambridge, East New Market, Hurlock, Secretary, and Vienna.

Infrastructure: In 2009 the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded a $3 million grant for infrastructure development in the Dorchester Regional Technology Park, located just south of U.S. Route 50 on Bucktown Road, adjacent to Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport.

The new technology park is served by water, sewer, electricity, and broadband connectivity through the Maryland Broadband Cooperative backbone.

Telecommunications: Verizon Maryland and other local providers offer service on proprietary or leased infrastructure. Fiber optic broadband capabilities are provided by Bay Country Communications (cable television, internet), Comcast (phone, internet, cable television), and Verizon (phone, internet, television). Broadband connectivity is provided through the Maryland Broadband Cooperative backbone. Long distance carriers include AT&T, Sprint-Nextel, and Verizon. Essentially, the County maintains a seamless partnership with the Maryland Broadband Cooperative, a member driven, middle mile broadband cooperative whose mission is to focus on economic development in all or Rural Maryland. Subsequent to the partnership, any tenant locating in the Dorchester County Tech Park will have open access to world class high speed internet. Maryland Broadband offers Ethernet services of 100meg, 10-gig, and 1-gig featuring their new Infinera equipment with a Point of Presence (POP) located in the City of Cambridge. The Cooperative can also provide Optical Service OC-3, OC-12, OC-48 should it be required. Through our strategic partnership, 70 members of the Maryland Broadband Cooperative are able to provide business with last mile services.