Washington County is Getting Ready for Phase 3 of the Broadband Initiative

Posted Apr 14, 2023, by Paul Fedore

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners have approved the first 3 projects in the third phase of the broadband initiative. Phase three of the initiative will expand broadband service to 10 areas in the county, targeting 6,000 more locations and bringing 700 miles of new fiber optic construction to these areas for a total cost of $50 million. For past projects, the county used ARPA funds to cover part of the cost while the hired company/service provider would cover the rest. Although it is not clear right now how the cost of the third phase will be covered, it is likely that funds will come from the same sources. 

The decision to award Hickory Telephone with these projects was made after 7 companies submitted a total of 47 proposals for the 10 proposed locations. The projects will bring service to 383 locations, 111 of them in Jefferson Township, 142 in Taylorstown and 130 more in Canton Township. The engineering design, permitting, materials, and fiber construction for these projects total $4.8M. Washington County will pay approximately $1.9 million using the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds.

CCJ will continue following this broadband initiative and will provide updates on these and future projects as we receive them. For further information, please contact our Field Program Coordinator Paul at 724-229-3550 or paul@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.


  • Paul Fedore

    Paul Fedore has been a resident of Washington County since 2016 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. As of late 2023, Paul is now a Community Organizer, and 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. Contact Paul at paul@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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