Nearly Every County to Share $368 Million in FCC Broadband Money

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has released additional information on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcement of $9.2 Billion dollars to bring high speed internet to millions of Americans through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase 1 auction. Pennsylvania projects will get over $368 million to 13 different vendors, the largest being the SpaceX (Elon Musk) satellite project. 

The Pennsylvania projects will reach an about 20% of the unserved population (estimated 327,000 Pennsylvanians/184,505 households) in every county except Northampton. Nearly all locations will receive broadband with speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps, which is four times faster than the “Netflix speed” benchmark of 25 Mbps currently used by the FCC to define access to broadband service. Of these, 64% will receive gigabit-speed broadband. Providers must meet periodic buildout requirements to reach all assigned locations by the end of the sixth year. They are incentivized to build out to all locations as fast as possible.  

Only 5 states (California, Arkansas, Mississippi, Minesota and Wisconsin) get more broadband support than Pennsylvania.  Population wasn’t the driver either since both Texas and West Virginia got 362 Million!  Funding was awarded to private companies that have the responsibility to meet the federal requirements of the program. 

The PUC notes that successful funding for these projects is the result of work by stakeholders who supported and encouraged outreach on this subject, including the Governor’s Office and legislators from across Pennsylvania, along with Penn State University’s Rural Extension Program, which developed a detailed map that showed all the eligible areas.  

The auction unleashed robust competition that resulted in more locations being awarded at less cost to Americans who pay into the FCC’s Universal Service Fund. In fact, the awards were less than the FCC had planned, which means more funding will be available for future auctions to fund service to underserved residents and businesses. Click here to learn more.  

Counties receiving service to the most unserved households and businesses (more than 6,000 each): Bedford, Bradford, and Wayne 

Counties receiving the largest financial investment: Bradford, Bedford, and Susquehanna 

Awards by county – (Click here for more detailed breakdowns) 

Adams: 1,775 locations at $2.8 million 

Allegheny: 897 locations at $687,250 

Armstrong: 1,413 locations at $4.9 million 

Beaver: 834 locations at $1.3 million 

Bedford: 6,459 locations at $21.3 million 

Berks: 1,768 locations at $2.2 million 

Blair: 3,261 locations at $3.8 million 

Bradford: 6,549 locations at $22.9 million 

Bucks: 701 locations at $323,324 

Butler: 1,970 locations at $3 million 

Cambria: 3,557 locations at $5.2 million 

Cameron: 706 locations at $2.2 million 

Carbon: 727 locations at $1 million 

Centre: 4,442 locations at $5.6 million 

Chester: 938 locations at $1.2 million 

Clarion: 3,216 locations at $10.8 million 

Clearfield: 4,023 locations at $9.4 million 

Clinton: 772 locations at $1 million 

Columbia: 4,219 locations at $8.2 million 

Crawford: 4,833 locations at $7.8 million 

Cumberland: 3,010 locations at $4.9 million 

Dauphin: 875 locations at $1.8 million 

Delaware: 178 locations at $129,896 

Elk: 1,288 locations at $5 million 

Erie: 3,099 locations at $2.6 million 

Fayette: 3,696 locations at $3.8 million 

Forest: 2,997 locations at $6.5 million 

Franklin: 4,410 locations at $6.7 million 

Fulton: 4,350 locations at $10.1 million 

Greene: 2,879 locations at $14 million 

Huntingdon: 3,288 locations at $8.4 million 

Indiana: 5,911 locations at $14.2 million 

Jefferson: 1,904 locations at $5.7 million 

Juniata: 5,168 locations at $8.7 million 

Lackawanna: 2,265 locations at $2.9 million 

Lancaster: 4,547 locations at $7.2 million 

Lawrence: 1,104 locations at $1.8 million 

Lebanon: 613 locations at $737,132 

Lehigh: 138 locations at $339,939 

Luzerne: 3,191 locations at $5.9 million 

Lycoming: 4,583 locations at $11.5 million 

McKean: 2,008 locations at $4.6 million 

Mercer: 3,334 locations at $6.2 million 

Mifflin: 4,460 locations at $8.3 million 

Monroe: 656 locations at $593,199 

Montgomery: 558 locations at $253,662 

Montour: 1,583 locations at $3.6 million 

Northumberland: 2,193 locations at $4.3 million 

Perry: 4,200 locations at $7.7 million 

Philadelphia: 970 locations at $480,244 

Pike: 1,722 locations at $1.2 million 

Potter: 1,912 locations at $4.3 million 

Schuylkill: 2,772 locations at $5 million 

Snyder: 4,861 locations at $9.8 million 

Somerset: 3,066 locations at $5 million 

Sullivan: 3,499 locations at $8.9 million 

Susquehanna: 5,702 locations at $18.8 million 

Tioga: 3,787 locations at $4.8 million 

Union: 2,003 locations at $3.4 million 

Venango: 2,291 locations at $4.6 million 

Warren: 3,439 locations at $4 million 

Washington: 3,278 locations at $6.5 million 

Wayne: 6,727 locations at $5.3 million 

Westmoreland: 1,714 locations at $2 million 

Wyoming: 1,128 locations at $3.5 million 

York: 4,078 locations at $6.4 million