FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2019
North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission receives funding to expand broadband connectivity in Rural PA
North Central, a member of the Local Development District Association of Pennsylvania, has received funding through support of the PA legislature and the Wolf administration. The $300,000 in funding will be used to deploy fixed wireless technology and will provide Broadband connectivity to unserved or underserved areas in the region. Representative Donna Oberlander-63rd was instrumental in securing the funding for the pilot projects that will take place inside and outside her district. Additionally, Senator Joseph Scarnati-25th, and local Representatives Cris Dush-66th, Matt Gabler-75th, Martin Causer-67th and Republican House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler-100th and House Appropriation Committee Chairman Stan Saylor-94th were also champions for the funding.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for businesses and communities within the North Central Pennsylvania region to achieve affordable broadband connectivity. Providing last mile connectivity to our most rural areas opens up global markets, creates entrepreneurial opportunities and supports regional economic development” says North Central Interim Executive Director Jim Chorney.
The North Central and Northwest Commissions, located in Ridgway and Oil City respectively, will partner to complete five pilot projects in the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Forest and Jefferson. Using existing and available infrastructure when able, the project will be cost effective and timely. A specific timeline is being constructed and rollout will take place in the coming months.
This project is one of multiple efforts North Central is spearheading to address rural broadband gaps throughout the six county region.
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission is a premier regional development organization that serves the public and private sector through a wide range of economic, community, infrastructure, human services, and technology programs for Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter Counties.
Contact: Ed Matts: 814-773-3162