ANNAPOLIS – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Kenrick Gordon as Director of the Office of Rural Broadband. Gordon will oversee the expansion of broadband capabilities statewide to bring access to Maryland’s rural areas.
He will work with agencies across county and state government, along with stakeholders like the nonprofit Maryland Broadband Cooperative, to establish and enact a plan to provide statewide access to high-speed internet.
“Rick Gordon has a proven track record of success in bringing broadband to rural areas,” said Gov. Hogan. “I am confident that he will use his expertise and experience to put the state on a path to ensuring all Marylanders have access to fast, reliable internet.”
Gov. Hogan announced the creation of the Office of Rural Broadband in June 2017 at the Maryland Municipal League Conference. The office was established with the ultimate goal of improving connectivity for economic and public safety purposes, with a focus on underserved communities. Since that time, the state’s pilot program to bring improved broadband and wireless accessibility to Garrett County has been successful. The county was granted access to state fiber assets at no charge through an agreement with Maryland Public Television, and last month, Garrett County, Md. was selected to participate in a public-private partnership with Microsoft Corp. and Declaration Networks Group Inc. The three-year agreement with Microsoft and DNG will deliver broadband internet access to approximately 30,000 Marylanders.
Gordon joins the state after serving at the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 2009 as the General Field Representative for the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Program. Gordon brings more than thirty years of engineering experience in public infrastructure engineering, full-service architect-engineer design, and commercial and industrial development in both the public and private sectors.
Gordon’s appointment is effective May 23.