Using grants from the Adams County Community Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Community Media of South Central PA is developing a proposal for a fiber broadband system for Adams County. The organization has created a steering committee and is working with Celerity and Skyline Technology Solutions on the plans.
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The initial phase of the project, currently undergoing a feasibility study, will reach 1,204 residences in New Oxford, Abbottstown, and the Route 30 connector between the two boroughs. A number of businesses in the area would also receive access to the services.
The initial project is designed to scale out to surrounding areas within Adams County as funding permits.
The plan allows Community Media to deliver internet access directly but will also allow other third-party providers to lease access to the system giving area residents more choices when it comes to internet access providers.
Community Media will work with area fire departments to house some of the network infrastructure, creating a new revenue source for these community organizations. The initial phase proposes to house equipment at the United Hook and Ladder companies in New Oxford and Abbottstown.
Community Media said the availability of fiber broadband would provide benefits to telehealth, education, agriculture, and small businesses, as well as individual users.
The proposed network would provide up to 10 Gbps of internet service access.
A complete description of the proposal is available here.