4-County Rural Broadband Coverage and Feasibility Study

A broadband study of Clinton, Lycoming, Northumberland, and Union counties was commissioned by SEDA-COG and completed during the summer and fall of 2019. The study included meetings with stakeholders and interested parties in each county, interviews and meetings with businesses, meetings with county official in each of the four localities, and residential and business broadband surveys. The work included:

    • • Review of infrastructure assets and a survey of current broadband access, needs, and technology.
    • • Business and residential broadband surveys to assess current speeds, uses, and likely take rates for new services.
    • • Maps showing broadband related demographic, fiber and tower infrastructure, speed, and survey results.
    • • Evaluate existing technologies and recommend best technologies for the area
    • • Develop cost estimates for implementing technology solutions in three key underserved areas in each county.
    • • Provide overview of ownership options and provide advantages and disadvantages of each, and legal/regulatory analysis of technologies and ownership options. Include analysis of public and public/private ownership options.

There are six separate documents that comprise the final report materials: