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3183 Broadband NTIA NOFO
APPROVAL OF COVERED PARTNERSHIP AND SUBMISSION OF GRANT APPLICATION
WHEREAS, The United States Department of Commerce, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (“NOFO”) for a Broadband Infrastructure Program, allowing “Covered Partnerships” (as defined in the NOFO) to apply for grants in the amount and up to $30,000,000.00 for the installation of broadband resources in underserved and unserved rural areas;
WHEREAS, the Commissioners of Warren County have identified the installation of countywide broadband access and equipment as a potential major driver of economic growth, educational access, and quality of life and a significant priority of this administration;
WHEREAS, the Commissioners of Warren County have indicated that it would be desirable for the County to form a Covered Partnership with Youngsville Television Corporation (“Youngsville TV”), a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, for the purpose of submitting, and administering an application to obtain a grant from the NTIA through the NOFO, in an amount not to exceed $30,000,000.00 (thirty million and 00/100 dollars), to be used for such purposes as approved by the funding agencies to construct an all-fiber network designed, implemented, and operated to deliver gigabit broadband services to un-served and underserved Census Block Groups within Warren County Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, the form of the proposed application shall be reviewed, finalized, and approved by the County of Warren, and Youngsville TV, and upon final review be recommended to the Board for approval in such form; and
WHEREAS, upon award, the fiber network shall remain the property of the Warren County Commissioners upon completion of construction; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THE FOLLOWING:
The County, in conjunction with Youngsville TV, hereby form in principal a covered partnership as defined under the NTIA Notice of Funding Opportunity, and will jointly prepare and submit an application(s) for grant not to exceed Thirty Million Dollars ($30,000,000.00) from the United States Department of Commerce under the program referenced hereinabove.
ADOPTED this day 26th day of May, 2021.
COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY
Tricia D. Durbin
Attest: Vice Chair
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston
Chief Clerk Commissioner