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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are wireless technologies that typically service mobile phones and tablets via cellular transmission from providers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Broadband Access denotes that a homeowner, business, or community anchor institution can connect to high-speed internet via an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
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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