Faster Internet for Rural Pennsylvania

So many of us know the frustrations when the internet is slow or doesn't work at all. For many people in our area, sl...

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 12:48 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2018 12:48 PM

So many of us know the frustrations when the internet is slow or doesn't work at all. For many people in our area, slow internet is something they live with every day. But the Federal Communications Commission plans to change that in the next few years.

Many people who live near Turbotville live in rural areas. There is a lot of farmland, and houses are few and far between. On the flip side, cell phone coverage can be spotty, as well as the internet connection.

"Very slow and constantly having to reset it. We get it through Verizon, our landline because it's not available any other way in our area because it's too rural," Sharon Czarniak said.

"Surrounding areas all outside of Turbotville in the mountainous areas, there is no service for internet," Missy Magargle said.

According to Broadband Now, there are 650,000 people in Pennsylvania without a wired internet connection.

"This day and age everything is email. You need the internet. It's become a pretty essential part of life," Magargle said.

So what happens when your business is in one of these rural areas and half of your shoppers are online? It cuts into sales.

George Sudol is a designer for Penn State University and sells Penn State licensed products. His internet connection is through cable, and he says it's not dependable for business.

"Storms, a little bit of rain or anything, will knock us right offline. Besides being slow, we have problems just getting online a lot of times," Sudol said.

The Federal Communications Commission plans to change that. It is paying broadband providers to expand their coverage into rural areas over the next decade. It's all part of the FCC's Connect America Fund.

"That would be fantastic. I would really appreciate something like that," Sudol said.

This is how it works. Broadband companies will bid on specific rural areas and get money to deliver high-speed internet to those areas.

"It would be fantastic. I hope I'm still around. I've been waiting a lot of time for it. 20 years since we got our first computer," Czarniak said.

The money is given to the winning bidders through the FCC's Connect America Fund. Bidders have six years to provide service to those areas. The auction is scheduled to start on July 24.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 34211

Reported Deaths: 2125
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9761576
Lake3573186
Allen160069
Cass15877
St. Joseph126634
Elkhart126228
Hendricks116671
Hamilton115493
Johnson1097108
Madison58659
Porter53428
Bartholomew50834
Clark49741
LaPorte43023
Howard40428
Tippecanoe3933
Delaware38536
Jackson3821
Shelby37122
Hancock33127
Floyd31839
Boone31635
Morgan27824
Vanderburgh2662
Montgomery23817
White2338
Noble22821
Clinton2271
Decatur22431
Grant21022
Dubois1993
Harrison19422
Henry17211
Greene16924
Vigo1688
Dearborn16821
Monroe16712
Warrick16628
Lawrence15924
Miami1401
Putnam1367
Jennings1304
Kosciusko1271
Orange12622
Scott1193
Franklin1108
Ripley1086
Marshall1021
Carroll932
Daviess8516
Steuben832
Wayne785
Fayette777
Newton7710
Wabash772
LaGrange762
Jasper661
Washington521
Clay511
Jay500
Fulton491
Randolph473
Rush462
Pulaski460
Jefferson451
Whitley413
Starke393
DeKalb371
Sullivan351
Owen341
Brown331
Perry320
Wells310
Benton300
Knox280
Huntington272
Tipton251
Blackford252
Crawford240
Fountain212
Switzerland200
Spencer201
Parke170
Adams171
Posey160
Gibson152
Ohio130
Warren121
Martin110
Vermillion100
Union90
Pike60
Unassigned0167

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 118917

Reported Deaths: 5330
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook771193603
Lake8238288
DuPage7620368
Kane6259176
Will5510273
Winnebago220955
McHenry153972
St. Clair112180
Kankakee90045
Kendall77819
Rock Island65124
Champaign6277
Madison57259
Boone44117
DeKalb3994
Sangamon34829
Jackson28210
Randolph2694
Peoria2218
McLean21813
Ogle2033
Stephenson2012
Macon19419
Clinton18617
Union15510
LaSalle15013
Whiteside13912
Iroquois1314
Coles12615
Out of IL1181
Warren1150
Jefferson10116
Grundy982
Knox980
Monroe9511
McDonough8711
Lee811
Unassigned800
Cass730
Tazewell725
Henry690
Williamson661
Pulaski560
Marion500
Jasper457
Macoupin452
Adams441
Perry420
Montgomery391
Vermilion391
Morgan361
Christian354
Livingston342
Jo Daviess320
Douglas270
Fayette203
Ford201
Jersey201
Menard200
Woodford192
Mason180
Washington180
Hancock170
Mercer170
Carroll162
Shelby161
Bureau151
Schuyler130
Bond121
Franklin120
Clark110
Crawford110
Fulton110
Moultrie110
Piatt110
Brown100
Cumberland100
Logan100
Wayne91
Alexander80
Henderson80
Johnson80
Effingham71
Massac70
Saline70
Greene50
Marshall50
De Witt40
Lawrence40
Richland30
Stark30
Clay20
Edwards20
Gallatin20
Hamilton20
Wabash20
White20
Calhoun10
Edgar10
Hardin10
Pike10
Pope10
Putnam10
Terre Haute
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 57°
Robinson
Scattered Clouds
57° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 57°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
60° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 60°
Rockville
Broken Clouds
54° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 54°
Casey
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 59°
Brazil
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 57°
Marshall
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 57°
A calm evening is expected
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events