May 20, 2016

CONTACTS: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436/Marty Welch 202-224-4524


Cardin in Westminster to Discuss Importance of Fiber Optic Infrastructure to Maryland’s Small Businesses, Economic Development

TODAY, Friday, May 20 at 9:30 AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will be joined in Westminster, Md., by city elected officials and representatives of broadband service provider Ting, Inc., to discuss the status and importance of efforts to dramatically enhance local internet connectivity to spur economic development and small business success. Westminster is building a new high-speed fiber optic internet network with speeds up to 400 times faster than those presently available.

“Investing in infrastructure means investing in jobs – whether it’s investing in our roads, our water systems, or in access to high-speed internet. By investing in its fiber optic infrastructure, the City of Westminster is laying the groundwork for economic development, recruiting and retaining high-tech entrepreneurs and businesses, and investing in a better quality of life for its residents,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. “Westminster’s community-wide fiber network will give the city a competitive edge as it works to attract new capital investment and recruit talented and creative staffers to the area. It also will give local small businesses a technological edge against their competitors, improving efficiency and allowing them to innovate. With the added benefits of lower costs on broadband internet for schools and homeowners, these investments will deliver excellent returns to the community for a long time.”

WHAT:                      Briefing on Fiber Optic Infrastructure Expansion

WHO:                        U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

                                                Local Elected Officials

                                                Ting Inc.

WHEN:                      Friday, May 20 at 9:30 AM

WHERE:                    Ting, Inc., 15 East Main St., Westminster, MD

                                    (Entrance in back of building)

HOW:                        Media requested to RSVP to Tim