Senator Corman Announces Grants to Support Local Broadband Expansion

HARRISBURG – Three grants awarded in Centre County today will help expand high-speed broadband internet deployment in unserved communities, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte).

Two grants totaling more than $1.2 million will expand Comcast Cable coverage in Rush, Liberty and Curtin townships. An additional grant of more than $975,000 will support broadband coverage by Centre WISP Venture Company in Potter Township.

The Rush Township project will include up to 147 potential service connections. The Liberty and Curtin township grant will serve an additional 160 households and 17 businesses. The Potter Township grant will extend coverage to up to 291 additional service connections.

In total, the grants will support installation of more than 50 miles of fiberoptic cable to support high-speed coverage in these communities.

“Broadband coverage is a key tool in improving the health, safety, education and economy of a community,” Corman said. “Expanding coverage in these areas is exactly what was envisioned when this program was created in 2020.”

The funding was awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program, which was created by lawmakers as part of Act 132 of 2020 to make high-speed broadband more accessible in rural areas that lack coverage.

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