New Service Areas
New service areas, also referred to as Connectivity Opportunity Areas (COAs), are identified as unserved with poor mobile or fixed broadband speeds.
These locations will be prioritized for access to new services.
Map of Unserved Areas
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and PA Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) define unserved areas as follows:
Unserved: Does not have access to Internet service with at least 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download or 3 Mbps upload speed
Areas that are identified as unserved with poor mobile or fixed broadband speeds are labeled Connectivity Opportunity Areas (COAs) or new service areas. These locations will be prioritized for access to new services.
Do you want to know if your address is part of a New Service Area?
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Early Action Projects
With so many unserved locations to cover, bringing fiber to all will require time to fund and construct. A process was developed to determine which areas had the greatest need for Internet access. The resulting scoring matrix analyzed variables such as income statistics, the number of homes, businesses, and Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs).
Based on the data from the fieldwork and surveys, four Early Action projects were identified by the Taskforce for Derry, Fairfield, and Ligonier Townships. For details on the criteria used to determine the Early Action projects, please view the Final Report pdf.
Broadband Program Timeline
A lot has been happening with the Westmoreland Broadband Program in a short amount of time. Below is a timeline highlighting milestones and the next steps.