Erie County considers P3 for high-speed internet

Pennsylvania– The Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission and Connected Nation completed a study that identifies Erie County as providing the lowest access to high-speed internet in the region. County executives are reviewing the report that shows access at 7.6 percent and recommends forming a team to oversee and implement actions.

To counter this low access rate, the Northwest Regional Commission also suggests developing a public-private partnership (P3) to make broadband more available. Exact plans for the project have not yet been released, but the county’s information technology director is meeting with internet providers to look at ways to increase local internet access.