Westmoreland among 8 counties in $100K study of broadband internet service
Westmoreland County will participate in a study expected to clarify the status of local broadband internet service and what might be needed to improve coverage in the region.
The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission was awarded a $50,000 grant to map out broadband needs in Westmoreland along with Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.
The grant will be augmented with a local match that requires each participating county to pay an additional $6,250 for the study that is expected to cost $100,000.
“This is an opportunity to identify where we are in terms of broadband. Right now, we can’t address that until we understand what we have,” said Brian Lawrence, deputy director of planning for Westmoreland County.
Officials said there is no real database or detailed information to show exactly where broadband internet service is available to residents and where coverage is lacking.
The study, expected to be completed by July, will identify areas without service as well as underserved communities.
Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .