Black Forest Express
Sunday’s high, 55; Overnight low, 44; .79” rain weekend total
MON-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 66
MON NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 45
TUE-SUNNY START THEN THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 72
TUE NIGHT-SHOWERS, LOW 44
WED-DRIER, PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 60
WED NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 38
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Tri-County’s Broadband deployment moves a step closer to reality…..Bipartisan Bicameral Broadband Caucus formed in General Assembly….Roulette man hurt when tree falls on his motorcycle….DUI arrests made in three area counties….
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Tri-County REC’s play to deploy a broadband system in the region has moved a step closer to reality. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has granted the petition of Tri-Co Connections, LLC (Tri-Co), a subsidiary of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative serving north-central Pennsylvania, for designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC). The ETC designation will promote efforts to provide voice and broadband services in underserved parts of rural Pennsylvania. The Commission voted 5-0 to approve the ETC designation, which is required under federal law before a company can receive federal universal service fund support to build voice and broadband networks and provide related services in high-cost areas of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s incumbent local exchange carrier telephone companies are currently ETCs. Tri-Co required ETC designation following its successful bid to obtain a portion of federal support that the Federal Communications Commission offered to, but which was declined by, Verizon Communications, Inc. Pennsylvania is supporting the Tri-Co broadband deployment with funding provided through the Governor’s Office of Broadband Initiatives and a grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. As a result, the network and services that Tri-Co plans to provide will deliver broadband over a fiber-to-the-home network at download speeds of at least 25 Megabits per second and potentially as high as one Gigabit per second. In recent years, the PUC has repeatedly raised concerns about the impact of lost federal broadband funding fueling a growing economic divide between communities and businesses that have access to higher Internet speeds, and those that do not. Additionally, the Commission has supported the launch of the Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Incentive Program, and has launched a rulemaking process intended to more quickly resolve disputes over access to utility poles, which is a key issue for enhanced broadband deployment. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner. For recent news releases and video of select Commission proceedings or more information about the PUC, visit our website at www.puc.pa.gov. Follow the PUC on Twitter – @PA_PUC for all things utility. “Like” PAPowerSwitch on Facebook for easy access to information on electric shopping.
Meanwhile a bicameral, bipartisan Broadband Caucus has formed in the General Assembly.Aiming to keep momentum rolling to improve access to high-speed internet, Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) announced the formation of the bicameral Broadband Caucus in the General Assembly. “I’ve heard from many individuals in southern York County with challenges accessing high-speed internet,” Phillips-Hill said. “The goal of this joint Senate and House caucus is to ensure the issue does not get lost in the shuffle in Harrisburg and that we keep a focus on what needs to be done to make Pennsylvania more competitive and a more desirable place to live, work and raise a family.”Phillips-Hill will co-chair the caucus with Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Washington). Both Phillips-Hill and Snyder co-chaired the caucus last session when it was solely the House Broadband Caucus. While the caucus cannot officially vote on any measures, the co-chairs said it’s the ongoing advocacy that landed Pennsylvania an opportunity for major private sector investment to build out capacity to bring high-speed internet to new areas in the Commonwealth.Phillips-Hill said a Penn State study that shows the number of Pennsylvanians without access to high-speed internet is a cause for major concern. She cited a recent study showing over 11 million Pennsylvanians lack access to high-speed broadband. The original estimate was around 700,000.“With a competitive landscape nationwide that is fighting to attract employers, employees, and the infrastructure that supports that, like schools, hospitals, and other critical services, we need to ensure we are not widening the digital divide that exists,” Phillips-Hill said. “The latest statistics should be a rallying cry that the bulk of Pennsylvania is getting left behind. ”“Hopefully our findings will help close the digital divide in Pennsylvania,” she added.
A Roulette man was seriously hurt in an unusual motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon. According to Police Chief Bryan Phelps, Isaac Lannager was travelling east on Kim Hill Road just west of Pomerory Street when a large maple tree fell onto the road just as he approached, The tree hit Lannager and knocked off his helmet, threw him to the ground and he continued traveling east through the top of the tree. Lannager and his bike ended up in a ditch on the east side of the tree top. Roulette EMS personnel treated Lannager at the scene and then transported him to UPMC Cole. He was later flown to an out of the area trauma center.
State police in three counties recently arrested three drivers for DUI. Troopers in Mansfield arrested a 47 year old Lindley, NY man early March 30 on Route 287 in Tioga Township after stopping his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado for a traffic violation. A 21 year man was arrested on the night of April 12 by Emporium based state police at the intersection of E. 4th Street and S. Walnut Street in Emporium. Lewis Run state police are charging a 22 year old man from Lewis Run after s topping his 1999 Jeep on Champlin Hill Road near E. Valley Road in Keating Township early this past Saturday morning for a summary y traffic violation. There were three 22 year old passengers in the Jeep, two from Bradford and one from Grove City.