Garrett County Maryland
Garrett County CIO, Nathaniel Watkins has lead the county's DoTCom agency (Department of Technology and Communications) for the past 14 years. DoTCom is a for-profit arm of the county government; this allows the county to operate as an ISP to provide services to other CAIs (Community Anchor Institutions). In addition to providing service to county, state, and federal agencies, DoTCom provides network services to schools, colleges, hospitals, libraries and various businesses in Garrett County.
Nathaniel is the technical contact for the county's last mile wireless network. This is a public/private partnership between the ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission), DNG (Declaration Networks Group) and Garrett County. Through this partnership, a wireless network has been designed and is being implemented to reach the underserved areas of rural Garrett County.
Prior to joining the Garrett County team, he worked as a network engineer and software developer. He is also the co-founder of a software startup and an IT consulting firm. Mr. Watkins currently sits on the board of the Maryland Broadband Cooperative which offers expanded and world class network services around the state.