Get Connected!

How You Can Help

Westmoreland County Planning and Development is conducting a Broadband Data Collection and Feasibility Study to learn who has access to high-speed, affordable Internet in the County. This study is critical to accessing new funding for broadband expansion in the County. Working together with countywide and regional agencies, the study outcomes will lay out a plan before the end of 2022 to bridge the gaps to ensure both urban and rural communities are connected. The plan will build upon the earlier broadband studies as well as the County’s Comprehensive Plan and will result in resilient and competitive communities.

The survey will remain open through October 2022.

Graphic with the words More Speed. More Access. More Affordable.

The Problem

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates are overstated, showing that 98.8% of households in Westmoreland County have access to broadband. This study will verify the actual locations that don’t have access to high-speed Internet.

Our Solution

Beginning on Monday, July 18, 2022, Michael Baker International, will be in the field performing a survey of fixed and mobile broadband availability throughout the County to determine what locations have unserved or limited fixed or mobile broadband. These locations will be inventoried based on FCC data, boundaries of census blocks where service likely ends, and locations that are distant from roads and other communities. Two survey teams driving Michael Baker International vehicles will be performing this inventory.

Your Input Is Critical!

You can help by taking the online survey which will verify your upload and download speed at your home or business. All Westmoreland County residents are encouraged to take the survey. Please note that field teams will place door hangers at the entryway of locations being surveyed for low connectivity. The door hangers invite the owner or tenant to complete the online survey using their home Internet service.

This survey will help us identify gaps in high-speed service and know where to invest in the County for
future broadband expansion and digital inclusion.

Understanding Internet Speed

Everything we do online requires an exchange of information, whether it’s virtual webinars, streaming videos, social media or online shopping. During the survey your Internet speed will be evaluated, and you will automatically be able to view your speed results.

How is
Speed Measured?

Broadband is measured in Megabits per Second (Mbps). The current FCC definition of Broadband is 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Pennsylvania recently set the bar at 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload which federal broadband programs are also using as the desired threshold.

What is
Download Speed?

The rate that data or information can be received by a user’s computer or device from the Internet.

What is
Upload Speed?

The rate that data or information is transferred from a user’s computer or device to the Internet.

What Can I Do With My Internet?

Graphic explaining what you can do with 15 Mbps internet speed
Graphic explaining what you can do with 60 Mbps internet speed
Graphic explaining what you can do with 150 Mbps internet speed
Graphic explaining what you can do with 300+ Mbps internet speed

Understanding Broadband Technology

What is Broadband?

Broadband or high-speed Internet access allows users to access the Internet and Internet-related services at significantly higher speeds than those available through “dial-up” services.

Source: FCC

What is Fixed Broadband?

These are technologies that enter a household, business, or community anchor institution through a modem, such as Fiber, Cable, DSL (traditional telephone line), Fixed Wireless, or Satellite.

Source: FCC

What is Mobile Broadband?

These are wireless technologies that typically service mobile phones and tablets via cellular transmission from providers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Source: FCC

What is Broadband Access?

Broadband Access denotes that a homeowner, business, or community anchor institution can connect to high-speed internet via an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Source: FCC

What is Broadband Adoption?

Broadband Adoption is the percentage of the population that subscribes to broadband service. For more information, please review the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Adoption Resources.

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Contact Us

Have questions or comments about the project?
We are here to listen and answer your questions!

Need Assistance?

For general questions, a hard copy of the survey, or translation assistance, please contact us by email at
feedback@westmorelandbroadband.org 
or call 724-495-4350 

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