Mar. 22, 2022

HARRISBURG – A $607,494 grant awarded today to Comcast Cable Communications LLC will help to expand broadband access to additional homes in Metal and Peters townships in Franklin County, according to Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflin/Juniata/Franklin).

The Legislature created the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding (UHSB) Program to deploy broadband in unserved and underserved rural areas. 

“I was a big proponent of the law that started breaking down barriers to broadband service because I know how important this infrastructure is to rural communities. As we all tried to attend meetings, work remotely or complete classwork online during the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw real disparities in internet access across the Commonwealth,” Hershey said.

The funding for Comcast will be used to install additional wiring in northern Franklin County.

This is the second high-speed internet project for which Hershey has secured a grant. He worked with then-Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) to incentivize high-speed internet access in Perry, Juniata and Mifflin counties.

More than $10 million in statewide grants were awarded through UHSB, a Commonwealth Financing Authority program that facilitates deployment of middle-mile and last-mile high-speed broadband infrastructure in Pennsylvania.

Representative John Hershey
82nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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