High-speed internet to expand in 4 counties
Homes and businesses in one portion of Moreland Township, which is part of the East Lycoming School District will have access to high speed internet service because of a $2.5 million grant awarded to SEDA-Council of Governments on behalf of four local counties.
“Although we are not aware of the specifvics of the SEDA-COG project, we are thrilled that additional homes in the East Lycoming School District will have access to high speed broadband,” said Michael Pawlik, East Lycoming’s superintendent, commenting on the grant.
The service will be available to over 1,500 households, including over 20 businesses in areas in Lycoming, Clinton, Northumberland and Union.
The Appalachian Regional Commission POWER grant funds internet expansion to unreached areas in those counties It will supplement $4 million in SEDA-COG’s revolving loan funds with the selected internet service provider matching these funds with $1.5 million of private investment funds.
Funding by SEDA-COG will be provided through reimbursable grants and low interest loans to incentivize an internet service provider to expand internet service into unserved and underserved rural regions of the the counties where it would otherwise economically infeasible.
Specific areas which will be reached by county include:
• Clinton–360 homes and seven businesses in the area east of Loganton and Bucktail Medical Center in Renovo comprising 14 miles of fiber in a seven mile area.
• Lycoming–190 homes and five businesses in Moreland Township comprising 16 miles of fiber in a seven mile area.
• Northumberland–240 homes and seven businesses in the Route 147 area south of Sunbury to Fishers Ferry. This includes Upper and Lower Augusta and Rockerfeller townships, comprising 15 miles of fiber in a six mile area.
• Union–750 homes and five businesses in Mazeppa and Kelly Township comprising 15 miles of fiber in an eight mile area.
“We’ve learned the importance of the internet during the pandemic,” said Rich Ridgway, Columbia County Commissioner and SEDA-COG board president.
“It’s important in our business and private lives not to mention our school students. Hopefully, this will make everyone’s lives less stressful moving forward,” he added.