Federal Communications Commission to fund broadband expansion effort in PA

York County set to gain $6.4M

YORK – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that over 4,000 York Countians will be connected to high-speed internet through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, according to Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

“The pandemic has shown just how wide the digital divide truly is in Pennsylvania. Long before we relied on high-speed internet for educating our children at home, telemedicine visits with our doctors, and remote working, the Senate Communications and Technology Committee charted a path forward to connect as many Pennsylvanians as possible to broadband internet,” Phillips-Hill-said. “Our committee found three key ingredients: funding, regulatory reform and utilizing existing infrastructure to bring about connecting more Pennsylvanians. The commitment by the FCC to Pennsylvania is a testament to the groundwork we laid over the last two years.”

Specifically, the FCC announced today that Pennsylvania will receive a total of $368,743,200.30 to support expanding broadband to 184,505 homes and businesses that are currently unserved over the next decade.

In York County, two bidders were awarded the following: Connect Everyone LLC will receive $5,335,261 to connect 3,055 homes and businesses, and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will receive $1,079,867 to connect 1,023 homes and businesses to high-speed internet.

More information is available at https://www.fcc.gov/auction/904