MAGIC Presents its First Tech Incubation Project

  • Freedom Broadband
  • Ting
WESTMINSTER, MD — The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC), a new technology incubator in Westminster, Mary., presented its first Tech Incubation project in collaboration with Freedom Broadband, a provider of last-mile high-speed Internet with unlimited data to those who don’t have access to traditional Internet service providers, and Ting Internet in downtown Westminster. Students from local high schools and the Career & Tech Center have worked with Freedom Broadband over the last several weeks to design, build and operate a temporary wireless network for the Celtic Canter and Downtown Irish Celebration. The students are an informal group of friends, calling themselves “The Packet Throwers,” who are technology enthusiasts. This is the first of a continuous calendar of projects to further develop the technology skills of local tech youth, create opportunities for innovation, and continue building a technology culture in Carroll County.

Many of the Packet Throwers are graduates of the Carroll County Public Schools Cisco certification program offered by the Career and Tech Center. They expressed an interest to MAGIC for more technology learning opportunities. MAGIC responded by developing the Tech Incubation projects.

Supporting Technology in the Community
Freedom Broadband, a strong supporter of technology in the community and Carroll County’s leading provider of wireless broadband, immediately stepped up to the plate to supervise the wireless networking project. Ting Internet is providing gigabit backhaul on the Westminster Fiber Network, which will give all festival goers an unprecedented amount of bandwidth for their wireless devices as they watch the race and walk around downtown Westminster enjoying the Irish Celebration.

The Westminster Parks and Recreation Department has counted on Freedom Wireless for several years to provide wireless access for city events. Now with the gigabit services provided by Ting on the Westminster Fiber Network, even more broadband innovation is now possible in Westminster.


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