In fall 2021, Beaver County completed the Broadband Verification initiative. This initiative included data validation, broadband field surveys and public outreach to identify areas in Beaver County that are unserved or underserved for broadband connectivity. Leveraging the Federal Communications Commission’s data, Beaver County developed GIS mapping, and conducted residential and business outreach through a series of public surveys. This resulted in Beaver County identifying 24 municipalities with gaps in service. The response was tremendous as noted below:
Two early action projects were identified due to their lack of any current connectivity options as well as other engineering factors. The first includes one in Hanover Township and the second in Big Beaver Borough, South Beaver Township, and Darlington Township. Beaver County Commissioners used the study findings to allocate ARPA Funding to providing new services.