Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Bring Broadband Access to Nearly 1,400 Customers in Rural Potter County
August 07, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to bring broadband internet access to nearly 1,400 customers across Potter County through the construction of more than 100 miles of fiber cable.
“Access to broadband opens the lines of communication in many ways,” Governor Wolf said. “By bringing faster internet service to rural Pennsylvania, we are supporting current residents and existing industry and doing a lot to attract people and businesses to the region.”
Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative was approved for a $1.5 million grant to construct 103 miles of above-ground fiber that will expand access to broadband to 830 residential, 540 seasonal, and 13 commercial customers that currently lack access to adequate internet speed in Potter County. The construction of the fiber is expected to create 27 jobs, with an additional four full-time jobs created permanently as a direct result of this project. Additionally, potential customers of this fiber currently account for more than 530 jobs. This is a pilot project that will eventually lead to a larger concept to extend broadband service to the entire Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative service territory.
Currently, more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians still lack access to robust, reliable, high-speed internet, hindering healthcare, education, and business development opportunities, all items critical to economic development. Over 520,000 of residents without access reside in rural areas and over 250,000 reside in urban areas. This project aligns with Governor Wolf’s Broadband Initiative, a dedicated effort to provide high-speed internet access to every household and business in Pennsylvania that was launched earlier this year. The Governor’s Office of Broadband Initiatives will work to advocate for the public for broadband access and recommend new policies and programs to expand broadband infrastructure and access.
Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.