HARRISBURG – Funding for high-speed broadband expansion in three Lycoming County municipalities was awarded yesterday, according to state Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Williamsport). The grants are the product of the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program (UHSB), an effort created by Act 132 of 2020, which was supported by Wheeland.
“For many years, lawmakers have heard concerns from constituents who lacked access to reliable broadband service,” said Wheeland. “The COVID-19 pandemic simply aggravated the situation when students were forced to learn remotely, and employees were required to work from home. I am glad that our efforts to provide reliable broadband access to more Pennsylvanians is coming to fruition.”
A more than $676,000 grant will facilitate installation of 10 miles of hybrid fiber-coaxial cable to serve 220 potential service connections in three Lycoming County municipalities including Armstrong Township, which Wheeland represents.
The more than $10 million in statewide grants were awarded through UHSB, a Commonwealth Financing Authority program which facilitates deployment of middle-mile and last-mile high-speed broadband infrastructure to unserved areas in Pennsylvania.
Representative Jeff Wheeland
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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