Ward, Langerholc Announce Investment to Improve Access to High-Speed Internet in Blair and Cambria Counties

HARRISBURG – Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) and Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) announced today that Blair and Cambria counties are being awarded $11.9 million to increase access to reliable, high-speed internet by the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA). 

“High-speed broadband is vital in today’s increasingly technological world,” Ward said. “Too often in rural communities, the ability to access high-speed broadband is a barrier to finding a new job, connecting to vital services, or communicating with loved ones.  This grant will help to bring more effective and dependable broadband to communities that rely on it every day and will improve their quality of life.” 

“I am thrilled to partner with Sen. Judy Ward on these projects to provide access to reliable, high-speed internet service to the region. These investments will have a lasting impact on our community,” said Langerholc.

Made feasible by the federally funded Broadband Infrastructure Program, a total of $200 million in competitive grants was awarded for projects across the state lacking 25/3 Mbps internet service.

To ensure transparency and efficiency, the PBDA mandates quarterly and annual progress reports from grantees, accompanied by comprehensive guidance on state and federal requirements and technical support. All funds must be used by Dec. 31, 2026. Grantees will be held accountable for the prudent expenditure of awarded funds. The PBDA has the ability to claw back any unused or misused funds. 

This inaugural round of grants represents a significant milestone in the PBDA’s broader initiative to close the digital divide since the General Assembly established the PBDA in 2021.

Media Contact: 
Nathan Akers (Ward) 717-787-2421
Gwenn Dando (Langerholc) 717-787-5400

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