Could Baltimore join the ranks of cities offering cheap municipal internet access? Would a publicly owned and operated broadband network help close the digital divide in Charm City?
That’s a major decision confronting Jason Hardebeck, just named Baltimore’s first director of broadband and digital equity.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on Monday announced the appointment of Hardebeck, an experienced leader in local technology ventures. He was the founder and CEO of Baltimore makerspace The Foundery and executive director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council and Maryland Business Council. Hardebeck also served as Baltimore’s broadband coordinator under forrmer Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake..
“Every Baltimorean must be able to participate fully in the digital economy to reach our true potential as a world-class city,” Hardebeck said in a statement.