Apr. 18, 2024

HARRISBURG – More than $40 million will be coming to a region that includes Blair and Huntingdon counties to improve access to reliable, high-speed internet, according to Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair).

The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority announced funding for Alleghenies Broadband Inc., Comcast Cable Communications LLC and Verizon Pennsylvania LLC for a number of projects in the region.

Made feasible by the federally funded Broadband Infrastructure Program, a total of $200 million in competitive grants was awarded statewide today for projects in areas lacking 25/3 Mbps internet service.

“I advocated for creating the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority because I recognize that improved access to high-quality internet service closes the digital divide in this state,” Gregory said. “When people were working from home or attending school virtually during the pandemic, we saw tremendous gaps in what Pennsylvanians were able to effectively and efficiently access.”

In an effort to ensure transparency, the development authority mandates quarterly and annual progress reports from grantees, accompanied by comprehensive guidance on state and federal requirements and technical support. All funds must be utilized by Dec. 31, 2026. 

This inaugural round of grants represents a significant milestone since the General Assembly established the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority in 2021.

Representative Jim Gregory
80th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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