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New locations added to the Washington County Broadband Initiative Program

Posted Jun 14, 2022, by Paul Fedore

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The effort to bring high-speed internet service to underserved communities throughout Washington County continues. The Washington County Authority is in charge of the program and is requesting proposals for other parts of the county. Lots of companies are interested in getting involved with this initiative, and we are expecting to see more projects being approved this year.

Within the past few weeks, the county commissioners have approved multiple contracts with DQE Communications. The approval of these contracts will allow the company to expand their internet service to three villages along Route 40 at a cost of over $450,000. The county will use American Rescue Plan funds to pay $109,772 towards installation along the Route 40 corridor, while DQE will contribute $346,500 for the project.

The expansion will benefit 199 houses and 22 businesses in the villages of Glyde, Scenery Hill, and Beallsville. At this time, it is unclear when the expansion into this area will begin or be completed. CCJ will continue to follow this program and provide updates as we receive them. For more information, contact John Timney, the Executive Director of the Washington County Authority, at john.timney@co.washington.pa.us or 724-250-6418. You may also contact our Field Program Coordinator Paul at paul@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org or call 724-229-3550 ext. 8 to discuss the program and or how you can get involved.

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  • Paul Fedore

    Paul Fedore has been a resident of Washington County for four years and previously worked with Washington County United, a chapter of PA United, as a canvasser fighting for economic, environmental, and racial justice. He loves camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. Paul joined CCJ’s team in July 2020 as the Field Program Coordinator to help deepen and strengthen our relationships with communities in southwestern Pennsylvania and to ensure that people have a pathway to engage in improving their communities. He is excited to work with everyone to hold fossil fuel companies and our elected officials accountable and to organize to build power in our small towns and rural communities.

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