Broadband services up for grabs for rural areas

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In 2017 speed is in high demand, and a slow internet connection can be frustrating.

But for some, any connection is still non-existent.

Sue Gantz, Broadband Coordinator for PA, USDA Rural Development said, “There’s still a lot of un-incorporated areas, villages and small areas that do not have access.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, in 2015 30% of homes in Pennsylvania were without a broadband.

Trudy Moore, acting State Director of USDA Rural Development, said it’s time to upgrade.

With hopes of bringing networks to rural areas in the commonwealth, Moore created a rural broadband forum, which was held at the Ramada Inn in State College on Thursday.

State and federal providers gathered to discuss options to help various regions.

“It’s important to collaborate, to get together, that we can talk to each other across the table; this is what I have available, this is what the state may have available,” Moore said.

Moore said people don’t realize the opportunities available.

The USDA plans to offer 60-million dollars worth of loans to help deliver service to areas in need.

“We want to help our local farmers, we want to help our rural residents,” Moore said.

Moore said a reliable connection benefits the local economy but it takes team work to expand infrastructure.

And Gantz said everyone deserves that chance.

“Just because you choose to live in a rural area, you should still be able to have access to convenience,” Gantz said.

The deadline for the loan application is september 30th, for more details click here.

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