FTS Fiber has won another contract on Maryland's eastern shore. The commissioners of Queen Anne's County voted last week 3-2 in favor of an $8.7M contract to spread broadband through the county.
FTS will be building out 160 route miles of regional fiber throughout the county, which lies across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis. The new fiber will initially connect 82 sites for the county government, over which it will provide some $2.2M in lit services and maintenance. The buildout itself will cost some $30M, with $6.5M coming from the county and the balance from outside investors.
It's the same sort of arrangement they previously won last summer in Kent County just to the north. Once the regional fiber is in place, FTS's partner ThinkBig will handle installations of FTTH to homes that pay a flat fee of $400 for installation plus a monthly fee of around $100
The region has long been bypassed by larger operators other than the incumbent Verizon and the cable operator Atlantic Broadband. Over the last few years FTS has built out a fiber ring connecting the region to the markets of Baltimore, Washington DC, and Virginia Beach.