Snyder: Broadband expansion on its way
Public/private partnership to provide reliable internet service to over 2,000 homes
HARRISBURG, April 27 – Expansion of reliable broadband access is closer to reality, thanks to state support and the establishment of a partnership between a West Virginia internet provider and nonprofit group, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today.
Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said $200,000 in state funds, awarded to the Greene County Industrial Development Corp. by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will allow West Virginia-based ClearFiber to begin construction to expand broadband access through all of Greene and Washington counties, including part of Fayette County, providing service to over 2,000 homes.
The partnership also includes KINBER – a nonprofit group that helps communities gain access to reliable, high speed internet services –which will work with ClearFiber to bring new fiber infrastructure to the area through its partnership with Waynesburg University.
"This announcement has been years in the making, and with the current pandemic, it's shown that affordable, broadband access is a vital necessity for our hospitals, our businesses and our schools," Snyder said. "This public/private partnership will place 65 miles of high-speed fiber optic technology throughout our district, bringing much-needed service to residents who either had no access at all or had unreliable broadband access. This is just the beginning, as ClearFiber anticipates expanding its service. It also gives consumers an additional choice in broadband service providers."
“By serving anchor institutions in Greene and Washington counties, KINBER is able to bring comprehensive access to educational, research, employment, health care, cultural and social networking opportunities, as well as resources that improve the quality of life and contribute to the vibrancy, sustainability and economic stability of those counties,” said Nathan Flood, interim CEO at KINBER.
“We’re excited to expand our current network from West Virginia into Pennsylvania, bringing our unparalleled speed and stability to customers who may not have ever had access otherwise,” said ClearFiber President and CEO Chad Henson.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the next few months, Snyder added, with the project beginning in Mt. Morris, then moving north to Waynesburg to Washington and expanding east to the borough of California.