Snyder announces federal funds allocated to expand broadband service for residents

CARMICHAELS, Dec. 8 – Approximately $368 million in federal funds will be allocated to Pennsylvania by the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband service to rural areas of the commonwealth, including $24 million earmarked for Greene, Fayette and Washington counties, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I will bring broadband access to nearly 10,000 residents in her district.

“This is great news to help our ongoing efforts to connect the residents in our region to reliable, affordable broadband access,” Snyder said. “Whether you’re a student, a business owner or a healthcare provider, this access is a necessity, especially now during this ongoing pandemic.”

Organizations serving Fayette County will receive the following federal allocations: Armstrong Telephone Co. – Northern Division: $80,508; QCOL Inc.: $235,146; Space Exploration Technologies Corp: $3.43 million. Windstream Services LLC, serving Greene County, will receive a federal allocation of $13.96 million. Organizations serving Washington County will receive the following allocations: Armstrong Telephone Co. – Northern Division: $59,034; Space Explorations Technology Corp.: $3.33 million; and Windstream Services LLC: $3.14 million.

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I action is part of the FCC’s broader effort to close the digital divide across the country. More information can be found by visiting the following link: https://www.fcc.gov/auction/904.