In the Chestertown Spy’s continued effort to explore the nooks and crannies of our community, and the people that live here, a few weeks ago we caught up with longtime science writer Al Hammond, who is slowly but surely devoting most of his time these days on the Eastern Shore. It seemed like a good time to talk to Al.
While Hammond is well known as an editor of one of Science Magazine’s most successful publications, his name might also sound familiar for another reason; namely, the founder of the local and now deceased internet provider, Bay Broadband.
Before our readers start sending poisoned emails expressing anger on the subject of Bay Broadband and its bankruptcy, throwing hundreds of its customers off the internet for months, it’s important to note that while Al invented the concept and secured the $4 million needed to start the company, he was forced out of his own company only six months after operations began in 2004.
What is remarkable however was Al’s original idea, which planned to provide most of the Eastern Shore with high-speed internet connections twelve years ago.
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