Harrisburg, Pa. – A total of 13 bidders in Pennsylvania will receive $368.7 million over the next 10 years to bring high speed internet service to homes and businesses to 184,505 locations that are underserved, or do not have access to broadband that meets current federal standards, according to the Pennsyvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).
Telecommunications service providers who achieve Eligible Telecommuniations Carries (ETCs) status can access federal high-cost support funding awarded through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). The approval of additional ETCs will increase high speed internet service.
Under federal law, Pennsylvania companies must obtain an ETC designation from the PUC before receiving federal universal service fund support to build voice and broadband networks and provide related services in high-cost areas of the Commonwealth.
The Commission approved four new ETC designations in the Commonwealth – granting the petitions of:
- Starlink Services LLC (Starlink)
- Youngsville Television Corporation d/b/a Blue Fiber Corporation (YTV)
- Connect Everyone LLC (doing business as Starry)
It also approved the joint petition of
- Commonwealth Telephone Company LLC d/b/a Frontier Communications Commonwealth Telephone Company
- Frontier Communications of Breezewood, LLC
- Frontier Communications of Canton, LLC
- Frontier Communications of Pennsylvania, LLC
- CTSI, LLC d/b/a Frontier Communications CTSI, LLC (collectively the PA Frontier Companies)
The companies were awarded funding in the recent award of up to $923 million annually for 10 years to winning bidders committed to providing voice and fixed broadband Internet services (BIAS) to unserved, high-cost areas, including Pennsylvania.
According to the FCC, the Pennsylvania projects will reach an estimated 327,000 residents in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York counties.