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Verizon was the big winner in a major broadband funding announcement from the State of Pennsylvania today. The company is slated to take home about $78.3 million out of a total of $204 million awarded.

Other major providers winning funding were Comcast, Windstream, Frontier and Brightspeed. Comcast will take home approximately $61.7 million, while Windstream will get about $12 million, Frontier will get about $3.5 million and Brightspeed will get just over $782,000.

In addition, Armstrong Telecommunications, a cable company operating in six states, will take home about $12.5 million.

Six local companies also won funding. See the full list of awardees below.

Pennsylvania Broadband

The Pennsylvania broadband funding awarded will go toward deployments to 40,000 unserved and underserved locations. The awards will cover approximately half of total project costs of nearly $407 million, with the providers coming up with the remainder of the costs.

The awards were made by the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) through the Broadband Infrastructure Program, which was funded through the federal Capital Projects Fund. The awards essentially exhaust that program’s $205 million budget.  

“These projects will leverage historic federal funding and private investment to connect communities to the internet – and the PBDA will continue working to make this a reality for even more Pennsylvanians,” said PBDA Executive Director Brandon Carson in a prepared statement.

In a separate prepared statement, Todd Eachus, president of the Broadband Communications Association of Pennsylvania (BCAP), pledged to work closely with its members and PBDA to help ensure project completion and address any issues that may arise. Four BCAP members won funding – including Adams Cable, Armstrong Telecommunications, Blue Ridge Communication and Comcast.

“We also call on project partners – pole owners, railroad companies, and local governments – to work with all grantees and ensure the projects move as expeditiously as possible,” Eachus said.

The full list of awardees includes:

  • Adams CATV
  • Alleghenies Broadband
  • Armstrong Telecommunications
  • Blue Ridge Communications
  • Brightspeed
  • Claverack Communications
  • Comcast
  • Frontier
  • Upward Broadband
  • Verizon
  • Windstream
  • Zito

Details about the awards can be found at this link.

Additional information about Pennsylvania broadband, including links to state funding resources and state specific Telecompetitor coverage, can be found on the Telecompetitor Broadband Nation web page for the state.

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