The Bedford County Broadband Initiative began when the need for improved broadband service became recognized as a the top overall priority in the six-county Regional Comprehensive Plan. SAP&DC created a Broadband Task Force in 2018, with a significant effort occurring in 2019. Westmoreland and Fayette Counties agreed to join in an eight-county effort to “Complete a feasibility study to determine how to increase access and availability of broadband and cellular service to residents and businesses.” The study, supported by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and local county funding, was completed by the consulting firm of Design Nine, Inc. and adopted in the summer of 2020. Implementation began immediately with the creation of a regional non-profit, Alleghenies Broadband, Inc. (ABI) later in the year. Alleghenies Broadband will act as an umbrella organization to further the deployment of services in the region. Bedford County utilized $184,000 in COVID-19 CARES Act funding to retain Crowsnest Broadband to install six wireless transmitters which will extend service to up to 900 customers in the northern portion of the County. The work was completed in December.
Please use the following link to view the current Request for Proposals released by Alleghenies Broadband, Inc. in partnership with the six counties of the region. The Request for Proposals was released on June 7, 2021 and the deadline for proposal submission is on July 7, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Proposals should be submitted in pdf format via email to Brandon Carson at email@example.com.
Please stay tuned for continued updates and information regarding the Bedford County Broadband Initiative.