FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 28, 2020) – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) today announced a new partnership with ClearFiber Communications to expand its high-capacity broadband network into Greene and Washington counties. This project will bring new fiber infrastructure to the area, providing affordable and reliable internet access along with access to additional technology and network-based services.
“KINBER is excited to again collaborate on addressing the critical lack of sufficient broadband capabilities in these underserved communities,” said Nathan Flood, KINBER’s interim CEO. “By extending our infrastructure we are able to help bring quality broadband service, close the homework gap and ease the digital inequities that have been unaddressed for far too long. This partnership expands our services to meet the broadband needs of Greene and Washington counties.”
In partnership with Waynesburg University and ClearFiber, KINBER will establish the first major Point of Presence (PoP) in Pennsylvania’s southwest region, enabling other entities and community anchor groups to easily leverage the new infrastructure. The new fiber path will run from an existing KINBER PoP at California University of Pennsylvania, through Washington, Pennsylvania, and continue south through Waynesburg and eventually terminate in Morgantown, West Virginia. KINBER will light this advanced fiber optic backbone to 100 Gigabit Ethernet capability. This new fiber path will bring with it expanded opportunities for the community to access next generation broadband speeds and technical capabilities through Pennsylvania’s only statewide research and education network.
ClearFiber’s project was made possible by a $200,000 grant from Rep. Pam Snyder’s office (D – Green, Washington, Fayette). ClearFiber President Chad Henson said, “ClearFiber will construct this broadband system through the center of Greene County and Washington County, bringing service to more than 2,000 homes with no high-speed internet access or underserved or unreliable internet.”
Establishing Waynesburg University as the main hub in the region allows KINBER the ability to extend and connect other key stakeholders with partners like ClearFiber across the area who can help provide collaborative opportunities across the state to create a stronger community network.
“Waynesburg University is happy to help support our elected officials and the efforts to bring broadband into the county, which is so important for our region’s growth,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.
Rep. Pam Snyder said, “This announcement has been years in the making, and with the current pandemic, it’s shown that affordable, broadband access is a vital necessity for our hospitals, our businesses and our schools.”
A foundational part of KINBER’s mission as the statewide research and education network is to work alongside community stakeholders to bring affordable and reliable connectivity to unserved and underserved areas that are often overlooked. This new partnership will allow for expanded access, not only to serve community anchor institutions, nonprofit organizations and health care, but also provides fiber to the home to thousands of residents across the region.
The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The nonprofit organization is a trusted technology partner that provides a strategic and competitive advantage to more than 130 Pennsylvania-based organizations through high-speed broadband connectivity, collaboration and innovative use of digital technologies. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable, and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens, and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit KINBER.org or follow @KINBER on Twitter.
ClearFiber was founded in 2016 with a vision to expand high speed broadband to West Virginia. ClearFiber continues to bring customers affordable fiber-optic Internet, phone and TV service at 1 GIG speeds throughout West Virginia, as well as Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas. ClearFiber is dedicated to continuing to build its infrastructure in several cities both large and small. For more information, visit goclearfiber.com.
About Waynesburg University
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional studies in Southpointe. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service. For more information, visit waynesburg.edu
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