Advantage Engineers is part of the team bringing affordable broadband services to the people of Maryland.

The Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) aims to connect as much of Maryland as possible with quality high-speed service. Advantage is excited to have won the opportunity to design part of the fiber network that is critical to making the ICBN goals a reality.

The ICBN is an ambitious project to bring affordable, high-speed broadband throughout Maryland. It includes over 850 miles of fiber to bring voice, data, and video service to community anchor institutions like public schools, community colleges, libraries, public safety agencies and government facilities. Excess capacity can be allocated to innovative programs so that underserved urban and rural areas can also be connected.

The State of Maryland and its sub-recipients received a $115M grant for the ICBN program via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under the program, Advantage Engineers was awarded a $2M contract as the primary project engineer for the design of over 250 miles of the fiber optic network.

The design work included Outside Plant (OSP) engineering, fiber path design, and splice planning and coordination. Where necessary, bridge attachment designs and environmental impact reviews were done. Survey work included ground surveys as well as preparing easements and plats and researching deeds. Permitting included all necessary local, state, railroad, and utility pole attachments.

  • Outside Plant (OSP) engineering
    Easements, plats, and surveys of anchor institutes
  • Fiber path design
  • Utility pole attachment applications
  • Right of Way (ROW), environmental impact, and deed research
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) based drawings
  • Local, railroad, and State Highway Administration (SHA) Permits

Specialized services:

  • Bridge attachment engineering
  • Bill of materials development
  • Construction support and consultation
  • Splice matrix development
  • Recordation of GIS As-builts"