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Broadband study meeting to be held Tuesday evening

An update on the SEDA-Council of Governments and Design Nine Inc. Broadband Study for Lycoming, Clinton, Northumberland and Union counties will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Trade and Transit Centre II, 100 W. Third St.

Design Nine has been in the process of analyzing broadband assets in the counties, including those offered by telecom service providers, cable companies and government organizations that provide communications services through schools and first responders.

The company has been analyzing the types of broadband services available, broadband use patterns and gaps coverage.

A key part of the Design Nine date collection process has been through a public survey from both businesses and residents regarding their broadband connections.

Each of the four counties will receive strategies to address rural high-speed internet deficiencies.

“Rural broadband, although discussed as a major issue within the region, has not been acted upon because of the lack of information about the tasks, activities and costs of developing, testing and maintaining high-speed broadband infrastructure,” Scott Kramer, SEDA-COG Information Technologies Group, said. “Lack of adequate broadband access is a predominant concern for agriculture, education, tourism, and manufacturing as well as emerging industries such as life sciences, technology and health services.”

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