Sainato: More than $1.7 million awarded to expand high-speed broadband to more Lawrence County residents, businesses

NEW CASTLE, Dec. 10 – High-speed internet access will be expanding to more than 1,100 Lawrence County residents and business owners after the Federal Communications Commission awarded more than $1.75 million to two companies serving the region, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today.

Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding will help bring critical connections to parts of the community that have lacked access.

“More than ever, the internet has become a lifeline, connecting residents to critical information and services and giving business owners the ability to compete in the world of online commerce,” Sainato said. “Unfortunately, high-speed access has not been available for more rural areas of our community, which has made life much more difficult for those residents and business owners. I’m encouraged that the funding awarded today is going to help remedy that by bringing more of our community up to speed.”

Sainato said the funding includes $973,422 to Windstream Services LLC to provide services to 551 locations and $782,557 to Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to provide service to 553 locations.

The funding is part of a package of more than $368 million in auction funding awarded statewide by the FCC. More information about the funding is available here.