FCC Awards $65 Million to 23rd District for High-Speed Internet Service

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More than 22,000 residents living in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties will gain access to high-speed broadband services due to $65,416,189 in funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (PA 23rd District).

Yaw said the funding was awarded through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, and will bring long-awaited access to many of the region’s un-served and under-served residents.

Access to broadband, especially for those who tele-work, senior citizens, fire and emergency workers and students who are taking classes remotely has become even more crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sen. Yaw said.  “This funding will benefit thousands of my constituents who currently lack internet service.” 

Following is a list of winning bidders in the 23rd Senate District, number of homes and businesses to be served, and total support for 10 years in Pennsylvania, by county:

Bradford County:

Co-op Connections Consortium; 4,499; $17,219,669

Frontier Communications Corporation, DIP; 1,271; $3,300,144

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; 467; $783,868

Windstream Services LLC; 312; $1,558,501

Sullivan County:

Commnet Wireless, LLC; 751; $1,754,702

Frontier Communications Corporation, DIP; 2,748; $7,135,165

Susquehanna County:

Co-op Connections Consortium; 3,655; $13,593,349

Frontier Communications Corporation, DIP; 1,982; $5,146,251

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; 65; $84,771

Lycoming County:

Co-op Connections Consortium; 1,016; $3,031,788

Frontier Communications Corporation, DIP; 145; $376,492

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; 719; $605,981

Windstream Services LLC; 2,703; $7,473,484

Union County:

Windstream Services LLC; 2,003; $3,352,028

In total, the FCC will allocate $9.2 billion to 180 bidders, who will deploy high-speed broadband to more than 5.2 million unserved homes and businesses across the country.  More information about the funding is available here.

For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.

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