Data Collection & Feasibility Survey

We Exceeded Our Goal. More than 2,500 Surveys Were Received!

Thank you to all the residents and business owners who took the time to take the Internet Survey and Speed Test. Because of your participation, we reached our goal of over 2,000 surveys submitted! The feedback from the survey will help to improve broadband access and affordability in Westmoreland County.

Project Overview

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. The results from the study will assist the county in identifying:

New grant funding opportunities for broadband expansion

Digital gaps in both urban and rural communities

Ways to improve affordability and access to high-speed Internet

Locations in need of
new service from Internet Service
Providers (ISP)

What We Heard

Preliminary Survey Results

The fieldwork analysis was conducted by Michael Baker International from mid-July through October 2022, as a boots-on-the-ground effort to determine which locations in Westmoreland County have unserved or limited fixed or mobile broadband. An online survey was available for residents and business owners to identify gaps in highspeed service.

This interactive Survey Results provides details and a visualization of the data collected from the survey. The preliminary results of the survey are based only on the data gathered from the people who have taken the survey and is not representative of entire municipalities. The final survey results will be released when the data analysis is complete. The information can be filtered by municipality by clicking on “Filter by Municipality” in the top right corner.

The interactive survey response site is best viewed through a personal or home computer.

Survey Results at a Glance

Pie chart shows cable is the most common type of internet service in Westmoreland County followed by DSL and Satellite.

**The above pie charts represent the preliminary survey data results. Due to rounding, numbers represented may not add up precisely to the absolute figures.

Internet Speed and Survey Count by Municipality

The following table displays the fixed broadband speeds and survey results by municipality. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) currently defines underserved communities as a minimum speed threshold of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed and 20 Mbps upload speed. Use the “search” option to go directly to your municipality.

Last Updated: Nov. 1

What people are saying...

Understanding 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. Hover over the boxes to get more information on how broadband works.

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 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

Affordability Resource

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has put a program in place to help ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.

For more information, please go to the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. 

Digital Equity

Digital equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services

National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)

The NDIA advances digital equity by supporting community programs and equipping policymakers to act. NDIA combines grassroots community engagement with technical knowledge, research, and coalition building to advocate on behalf of people working in their communities for digital equity.

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

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