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Sen. Casey Focuses On Expansion Of High-Speed Internet

August 21st, 2019 Comments off

Expansion of high-speed internet service was on the agenda of U.S. Senator Bob Casey during a stop in Coudersport on Monday. The senator has been seeking input from across the state as he advocates for federal support to expand broadband to underserved areas. Potter County Planning Director Will Hunt (right) detailed a local needs assessment he has been spearheading. It will determine current availability, including download speeds and related technical data, and result in a strategic plan to bring internet service to sections that are not included in the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative buildout.

Dr. Michele Moore, executive director of the Potter County Education Council, shared with Sen. Casey the benefits of expanded broadband capabilities for high schools, as well as post-secondary and career/technical education. Jim Kockler, executive director of Potter County Human Services, discussed the positive impact of internet access to clients of that agency as well as senior citizens across the county. Sen. Casey also heard concerns from Commissioner Paul Heimel about long delays some military veterans are facing when they appeal the rejection of a medical claim by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Many of those rejections are overturned following a thorough review, but the process can take years.