Hammering out a plan for broadband in Lancaster

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—With so many different broadband projects happening around the county, the Lancaster board of supervisors and Lancaster County Broadband Authority (LCBA) on Thursday, May 27, held a joint work session “so everyone could get on the same page,” said District 4 supervisor Bill Lee, who requested the meeting.

“My number one goal has been fiber to every home in the county, and affordable at that,” Lee added.

District 5 supervisor Robert Westbrook said he had “real heartburn” and “disappointment” about the broadband authority’s plan since he “shared what Mr. Lee said” about fiber to the home. Westbrook also pointed to past comments from chairman Ernest Palin who “unequivocally said we want fiber, not wireless.”

Westbrook stated concerns about wireless and the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum requirements of 25 Mb/s (megabits per second) download and 3 Mb/s upload speeds being part of the plan. “What this memo tells me is that the broadband authority as a group is willing to accept….

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