Northumberland County Receives Significant State Grant to Increase Availability of Broadband in the Area

(HARRISBURG) – Northumberland County, in cooperation with SEDA- Council of Governments, was awarded a $1,000,000 grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to assist in expanding access to broadband internet for residents of the county, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representatives Kurt A. Masser (R-107) and Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108). 

The funds will be used to establish a competitive procurement process to incentivize providers to establish reliable service at affordable rates.

“In today’s world, access to reliable internet is a necessity,” said Senator Gordner.  “This is especially crucial in the age of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This is part of a regional effort to provide reliable internet service to rural parts of our state.  The other counties involved in this initiative are: Clinton, Lycoming and Union.

“This is a great partnership that we have with other counties in our region,” added Representative Masser.  “Together, we can work to bring crucial services to our constituents.”“I am proud of the work put into this project by Northumberland County and SEDA-COG,” said Representative Culver.

“We appreciate the efforts and support of Senator Gordner, Representatives Masser and Culver for securing the RACP funds for this broadband project,” said Mike Fisher, SEDA-COG Assistant Executive Director.  “Northumberland County has already obtained funds to allow us to provide high speed internet service along Rt 147 south of Sunbury to Fishers Ferry containing 7 businesses and 230-240 households.  The RACP funds will enable us to expand the service area to serve an additional 80 homes.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. 

 

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens mstephens@pasen.gov