The Prince George's County Intergovernmental Network (referred to as I-Net) is a secure, reliable and scalable fiber optic network connecting anchor institutions as partners in building successful communities and local economies. The I-Net provides a common framework for government, education and public safety to leverage shared resources for information and data sharing and regional interoperability. The goal is to expand participation through collaboration ensuring long term sustainability.
In the mid 1990’s, Prince George’s County and participating municipalities entered into a Cable Franchise Agreement with Jones Communication of Maryland, Inc. In 1998 Comcast completed the acquisition of Jones Communications thus assuming responsibility for completing the requirements as defined in the Franchise Agreement with Jones Communications.
The Cable Franchise Agreement required construction of an I-Net infrastructure and connectivity to 174 sites. Construction of the network began by the fourth quarter of 1999 and followed a fairly aggressive completion schedule. Within two years of the starting date, 25 percent was completed. Completion of the network occurred nearly three years later in 2002.
The functional purpose of the network is to connect authorized users, including specific governmental, educational, and public facilities, in accordance with the Cable Franchise Agreement. Connectivity via the network offers participating governments a communication vehicle to reduce costs for services otherwise provided through commercially leased lines (e.g., Dial-Up, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network), etc.).
The vision of Prince George's I-Net is to have all Prince George's County municipalities participating. Measures toward this goal have been taken and municipalities not currently participating are encouraged to find out more about becoming a member by contacting the I-Net staff.
In addition to Prince George's County, the current participating municipalities include:
- Berwyn Heights
- Capitol Heights
- College Park
- Colmar Manor
- Cottage City
- District Heights
- Landover Hills
- Mount Rainer
- New Carrolton
- North Brentwood
- University Park