Sen. Yaw: FCC Awards Over $65 Million to 23rd Senate District for High-Speed Internet Service

HARRISBURG – Over 22,000 residents living in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties will gain access to high-speed broadband services due to $65,416,189 in funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

Yaw said the funding was awarded through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, and will bring long-awaited access to many of the region’s unserved and underserved residents.

“Access to broadband, especially for those who tele-work, senior citizens, fire and emergency workers and students who are taking classes remotely has become even more crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sen. Yaw said.  “This funding will benefit thousands of my constituents who currently lack internet service.” 

Following is a list of winning bidders in the 23rd Senate District, number of homes and businesses to be served, and total support for 10 years in Pennsylvania, by county:

Bradford County:

Co-op Connections Consortium; 4,499; $17,219,669

Frontier Communications Corporation, DIP; 1,271; $3,300,144

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; 467; $783,868

Windstream Services LLC; 312; $1,558,501

Lycoming County:

Co-op Connections Consortium; 1,016; $3,031,788

Frontier Communications Corporation, DIP; 145; $376,492

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; 719; $605,981

Windstream Services LLC; 2,703; $7,473,484

Sullivan County:

Commnet Wireless, LLC; 751; $1,754,702

Frontier Communications Corporation, DIP; 2,748; $7,135,165

Susquehanna County:

Co-op Connections Consortium; 3,655; $13,593,349

Frontier Communications Corporation, DIP; 1,982; $5,146,251

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; 65; $84,771

Union County:

Windstream Services LLC; 2,003; $3,352,028

In total, the FCC will allocate $9.2 billion to 180 bidders, who will deploy high-speed broadband to more than 5.2 million unserved homes and businesses across the country.  More information about the funding is available here.

For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.

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