Claverack REC Secures $4.8 Million Grant to Expand Revolution Broadband Access

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Claverack Communications, a subsidiary of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, has realized another significant step in its quest to provide fiber access to its members. The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) has announced that Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative will be awarded nearly $4.8 million to increase access to reliable, high-speed internet, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), Rep. Clint Owlett (R-68), and Rep. Tina Pickett (R-110).

The grant is part of the Broadband Infrastructure Program, a federal initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide. This program offers competitive grant funding totaling $200 million for projects throughout Pennsylvania where customers lack internet speeds of 25/3 Mbps.

“After years of waiting, broadband service will soon be a reality for customers in unserved and underserved areas of Bradford County through this program,” Rep. Pickett said. “We all know how critical the internet is in our daily lives, and I am so pleased to see that reliable, high-speed broadband service is finally coming to more communities in the Northern Tier.”

Since its establishment in the spring of 2022, Revolution (Claverack Communications’ broadband brand) has been dedicated to transforming the community’s connectivity landscape. Currently passing over 2,600 homes and businesses in its initial service area in Bradford County, Revolution Broadband’s local team is committed to providing prompt, individual attention to its customers.

“We are grateful to have been awarded this funding, which will enable us to address the needs of hundreds of underserved and unserved homes in Bradford and Wyoming Counties,” said Kyle Lane, Director of Broadband Operations at Claverack Communications. “Alongside our grant application partners, including the Wyoming County Commissioners and Wilmot Township in Bradford County, as well as the support from State Senator Gene Yaw, Congressman Dan Musser III, State Representative Tina Pickett, and Bradford County Commissioners, we are proud to be part of Pennsylvania’s efforts to bring high-speed fiber internet to rural areas. We will continue working to expand our reach and bring Revolution Broadband to even more member homes and businesses.”

To date, Claverack REC and Revolution have completed over 300 active miles of fiber. The ongoing buildout has been made possible through funding from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program.

“Claverack Communications is committed to ensuring that all of our unserved and underserved members can access high-speed, reliable, and affordable broadband,” said Steve Allabaugh, President & CEO of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative and Claverack Communications. “With this grant funding, we are pleased to announce that we will be able to further that mission by bringing fiber-to-the-home service to an additional 1300 homes in Bradford and Wyoming Counties that are currently underserved or unserved”.

Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) regulations require grantees to submit quarterly and annual reports on their projects’ progress. Comprehensive guidelines on state and federal requirements are provided, along with technical support.

This is the first round of grants authorized by PBDA since its establishment in 2021 as part of its efforts to close the digital divide in Pennsylvania.

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Revolution is committed to delivering high-speed fiber internet with the same dedication to reliability, technological advancement, financial responsibility, and local member-focused service that Claverack REC has demonstrated for over 80 years. If you or someone from your household hasn’t registered your interest in Revolution Broadband, please click here.