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Lancaster seeks CARES Act funding for timely wireless broadband project

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—The Lancaster board of supervisors in a special workshop on Thursday, October 29, approved a grant application requesting state Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for a fast-track wireless broadband project that would primarily affect the northern part of the county. The vote was 3-2.

The $289,185 project would be funded as part of the $30 million in CARES Act broadband funding announced in early October by Gov. Ralph Northam. Qualifying projects must be completed by the end of the year.

Prior to presenting the plan, Lancaster County Broadband Authority (LCBA) chairman Cassie Thompson said the authority’s role is to provide information and not a recommendation. “This is all for you to make your decision on,” she said.

Mark McKercher, LCBA director at-large, walked through the proposed plan, which involves delivering a wireless signal within a 5-mile radius from a cell tower behind the Sheriff’s Office…[to-view-more]