Broadband Strategic Plan

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The Centre County Board of Commissioners contracted with CTC Technology & Energy to complete a  broadband strategic plan. The assessment will help guide internet infrastructure investments. The plan is funded through the County’s American Rescue Plan funds.

Scope of Work

CTC will assess and prioritize which communities are unserved and underserved by broadband. Staff will analyze existing broadband infrastructure using maps, studies, documents and relevant data. CTC will determine which internet service providers are active in an area, what internet services are available, and what residents and businesses are paying for varying levels of service. Staff will provide information on gaps in service, affordability, and competition.  The full proposal can be found here (PDF).

Goals

A strategic plan will guide not just where broadband infrastructure investments should be made but what this infrastructure should be.

While a focus on hard-wired internet infrastructure is preferred (fiber optic and cable), opportunities may arise to deliver broadband through wireless systems or a wireless-wired hybrid system. We will better understand the County’s broadband landscape with a thorough assessment of supply and demand. Our strategic plan will serve as a roadmap to ensure that wise investments are made that avoid system overbuilds and matches the needed infrastructure with the capacity to fulfill future broadband demands.  

Centre County Government announces the opening and closing dates for the Broadband Strategic Plan’s online internet survey and speed test

Take the Broadband Speed Test            

Take the Broadband Speed Test to record what your home or business internet speed is. The speed test survey data  collected will become part of the strategic planning process.

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Broadband Town Hall Meeting

Timeline

The study is anticipated to be completed by late May 2022.