ARC grant awarded to Tioga County to support broadband expansion

October 15, 2019
Press Release
$2.5 million grant is part of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative

Washington, D.C. — The Appalachian Regional Commission on Tuesday announced the recipients for the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania’s POWER Awards, totaling $2,500,000 that will support broadband implementation in Northern Pennsylvania.


The ARC grant will be used for the Northern Pennsylvania Broadband Connectivity Project. Tioga County, in partnership with Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, will construct 175 miles of fiber and bring reliable broadband to 60 businesses and 581 households in Tioga, Potter, and Lycoming Counties. The new fiber will help strengthen economic and workforce development and bring new opportunities to local business, educational institutions, and healthcare professionals.


In addition to the $2,500,000 in ARC funds, local entities will provide $3,242,125, totaling $5,742,125 in project funding.


The following statement on the grant can be attributed to Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA):


“I often hear from our communities that they cannot reach their full potential without adequate broadband access. This investment will improve connectivity in the region and will provide modern teleworking, telemedicine, and digital learning opportunities for our rural communities.”