Bedford Secures Fund for Broadband | News, Sports, Jobs
BEDFORD – Bedford County received $ 745,588 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to expand and improve broadband infrastructure in unserved areas.
The money is part of a package of nearly $ 46.4 million supporting 57 projects in 184 coal-affected counties as part of the Opportunity and Workforce Partnerships and Revitalization initiative economy of the CRA.
POWER targets federal resources to communities affected by job losses in coal mining, coal-fired power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries.
“The terrain in parts of Bedford County makes it difficult to extend broadband infrastructure to some communities. Through collaboration with the County of Bedford and local Internet service providers, we have been able to develop a cost effective strategy to reach residents and businesses located in these hard to reach areas. said Brandon Carson, Executive Director of Alleghenies Broadband Inc.
The project, Connecting the Alleghenies Through Core Broadband Infrastructure, involves the construction of four new telecommunications towers that will be used to provide high-speed Internet service to approximately 400 households and 20 businesses located in eight communities in the southeastern part of County of Bedford, as well as parts of Fulton County, Pennsylvania, and Allegany County, Maryland.
In addition, the infrastructure built will also be able to support the expansion of cell phone services throughout the project area.