SAP&DC Announces Broadband Study Kick-off Meetings

ALTOONA, Pa. – The Regional Broadband Task Force was appointed by the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC) Board of Directors in 2018, as a result of the Regional Comprehensive Plan, Alleghenies Ahead, identifying broadband as a top critical issue. The Taskforce was appointed to locate funding resources, gaps in service, ways to increase connectivity and strengthen economic competitiveness.

In 2019, the Broadband Taskforce and SAP&DC applied for and received an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER grant for a Broadband Feasibility Study for the Region, including two additional counties, Fayette and Westmoreland. After soliciting for proposals through a competitive process, Design Nine from Blacksburg, Virginia was selected to complete the study.

SAP&DC and Design Nine are coordinating two kick-off sessions on Tuesday, January 14th to engage local officials, members of the business community, and other stakeholders in the planning process for the study.

Details for each of the meetings are as follows:

Ligonier Town Hall

120 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658

Meeting Room A

January 14th, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Bedford County Courthouse

200 South Juliana St, Bedford, PA 15522

Room 101

January 14th, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending one of the meetings, please contact Stacy LoCastro at (814) 949-6510 or

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