Warren County Approves Broadband Grant

June 29, 2023

WARREN, Pa. – The Warren County Commissioners approved a broadband grant at Wednesday’s meeting that could lead to $1.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds as part of a $10 million project.

The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority offers a competitive grant program.

“This money would only be spent if the grantee (the internet service provider chosen) was awarded the grant,” explained Commissioner Tricia Durbin. “If the internet service provider doesn’t get awarded funding from the broadband infrastructure grant, this money would not be spent.”

Commissioner Ben Kafferlin noted that the county is going to oversee the grant process.

“We have received interest from five different internet service providers,” Durbin said. “A match is required and the grant is due on Aug. 10.”

Kafferlin also pointed out during Monday’s work session that the county has been looking for the right opportunity when it comes to broadband, and this grant offers them plenty of bang for their buck.

“We’ve tried to extend as much as we can for the right opportunity,” Kafferlin said. “We’re waiting for providers to bring more information and having CTC (consulting firm) vet some of these responses. Hopefully, this match by the county helps bring that award in. This is a very competitive grant.”

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