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VMDABC

Who We Are

Building Rural Broadband Today for a More Connected Tomorrow

VMDABC

Reliable broadband is essential for maintaining a strong business sector, skilled workforce, level playing field for all students, and access to healthcare providers. While rural communities want and need internet services, low population density and high costs have stood in the way of rural broadband deployment. As a result, many rural communities across the United States lack access to reliable internet and continue to struggle in today’s digital economy.

Recognizing the need to address this expanding digital divide, consumer-owned broadband cooperatives and other key industry partners are mobilizing to provide solutions. Together, these stakeholders are forging new partnerships and developing innovative approaches to bring the benefits of broadband access to their rural communities.

The Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Broadband Cooperatives (VMDABC) was launched to address the need for a singular, unifying voice for cooperative broadband interests. We are committed to fostering ongoing collaboration between industry partners while serving as the preeminent voice on rural broadband policy before policymakers at all levels of government.

Join Today! VMDABC – The Rural Fiber Association is a leading voice and premier meeting ground for the best and brightest broadband stakeholders serving Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. We invite you to join our efforts to bring the benefits of broadband to our rural communities. Learn more about becoming a member today!

The Association aims to:

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Address barriers to rural broadband deployment through collaboration on strategic initiatives

Research and support industry best practices to improve access to broadband services

Generate timely policy analysis to guide our government relations and advocacy efforts

Serve as the leading voice on rural broadband before policymakers and elected officials

Foster greater coordination and partnerships through networking opportunities

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Our Board of Directors

VMDABC
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Casey Logan, Chair
RURALBAND
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Michael Malandro, Vice Chair
Choptank Fiber
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Brian Bates, Secretary-Treasurer
Firefly Fiber Broadband
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John M. Brock, Jr.
RURALBAND
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Donna Richardson West
Choptank Fiber
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Gary Wood
Firefly Fiber Broadband
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Michael Keyser
BARC Connects
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Albert J. Lewis, II
BARC Connects
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John C. Lee, Jr.
EMPOWER Broadband
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Franklin B. Myers
EMPOWER Broadband

Founding Members

VMDABC
Choptank Fiber
Empower Broadband
Firefly Fiber Broadband
Rural Band
BARC Connects