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New Proposals Approved for Washington County Broadband initiative

Posted Jun 28, 2023, by Paul Fedore

Washington County officials are continuing their plan to increase broadband access in our communities. On Thursday, May 18th, the County Commissioners awarded funding to two more broadband projects. One of the projects will bring broadband to 695 residential and commercial targets in South Strabane and Amwell Townships. Verizon Pennsylvania LLC and Verizon North LLC will undertake the project that will provide 87 miles of fiber optic cable in these areas. The total cost of this project will be $3,667,410. The county will be using American Rescue Plan Act funds to pay $2,354,477, while Verizon will be responsible for covering the rest of the cost. The maps below show the locations for this project.

South Strabane
Ten Mile Creek

The second proposal was awarded to Comcast Cable Communications LLC and will extend broadband access to 1,475 residential and commercial locations in the Bentworth areas around National Pike, including North and West Bethlehem Townships, Somerset Township, West Pike Run, Beallsville, and Deemston Borough. The project will bring 126 miles of fiber optic cable to these locations and will cost $9,089,923, with Washington County using American Rescue Plan Act funds to cover $4,369,944 and Comcast covering the rest. The maps below show the locations for this project.

Bentworth
National Pike

The folks spearheading this initiative at the Washington County Authority are working to gather funds for the rest of their bigger upcoming projects, and will likely be announcing that they’ve been awarded in the next couple of months. Team CCJ will be watching for updates and will provide new information as we receive it. If you’d like to know more or to chat about this, please contact our Field Program Coordinator Paul at 412-229-7333 or paul@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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  • 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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