By Jamison Hixenbaugh
WARREN, Pa. (Erie News Now) – Warren County Commissioners are still in the process of determining how much of the $7.6 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding they received should go towards better broadband.
In the meantime, part of Youngsville will soon have better access to high-speed internet.
Youngsville Television Corporation has been awarded a $637,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The money will be used to construct a fiber to the premises network through Cherry Grove Township.
A total of 240 homes and businesses are expected to benefit from the project.
Meanwhile, the county commissioners are in the process of talking to third-party vendors to determine the best way to improve internet service throughout the county.
By improving technology, Commissioner Tricia Durbin said the county will also see an improvement in economic development.
“[It’s] definitely a positive from an educational opportunity perspective,” said Durbin. “Connecting the community to the internet is very important. Being able to work from home and have those professionals who want to leave an urban market is going to have a very large, significant impact.”
The county also receive an additional $1 million grant, but the commissioners are trying to determine exactly how they can use that money moving forward.