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​The County of Berks has partnered with the Berks Alliance, the United Way of Berks County, the Wyomissing Foundation and other community partners to identify opportunities to improve the availability and accessibility of reliable, high-speed Internet access throughout Berks. On this page, you'll be able to track this initiative and learn about how you can help us improve accessbility and bring better broadband to Berks. ​

FCC National Broadband Map Challenge Process 

The County of Berks is calling on all residents to review the National Broadband Map for accuracy of the information listed for your household or business. If information is missing or incorrect, you should submit a challenge through the Federal Communications Commission's website by Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. 

The map will be utilized to competitively allocate about $42 billion from the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to states for broadband improvement projects. Please review the following resources to help guide you through the challenge process:

Please use the following links to the FCC's website to review the map and submit your challenge. Thank you!



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Berks County Broadband Assessment Plan

Lit Communities Broadband was hired to perform a feasibility study and other necessary evaluations to enable the County to leverage state and federal funds that are dedicated to improving access to broadband. The firm completed a Berks County Broadband Assessment Plan in October 2022.

Key Findings of the Report:

      • ​There are clear gaps in broadband infrastructure that have a direct impact on residents, businesses and service organizations.
      • There is a critical need to improve digital literacy among residents. Digital literacy is the ability of people to navigate, evaluate and communicate information online.
      • There are opportunities to improve outreach to those who are unserved or underserved by working with willing partners.
      • There is a general satisfaction with speed and reliability of current Internet services, but a concern about the lack of competition for Internet providers in some communities. 

Recommendations from the Berks County Broadband Task Force:

      1. ​​Allocate $5.7 million toward infrastructure projects with the intent of leveraging this investment into more thorough grants, partnerships and other funding.
      2. Actively pursue grant or private funding to address broadband connectivity gaps.
      3. Allocate $600,000 to fund two pilot digital literacy programs.
      4. Initiative dialog with neighboring counties to identify opportunities for collaboration.
      5. Continue dialogue with new and incumbent carriers to identify opportunities for collaboration to address the unserved and underserved.
      6. Collaborate with municipalities, authorities and other stakeholders to look at opportunities for infrastructure build-out, including right of way and "dig once" opportunities. 
​The Commissioners will consider approval of the plan and funding request at an upcoming Board of Commissioners' meeting.


Broadband Initiative Partners

The support and resources from several community partners have allowed this effort to expand beyond simply providing access to broadband, but to also address gaps in digital literacy and improve digital equity. The ​following partners have joined to support this initiative:

 ​Berks Alliance

United Way of Berks County

Wyomissing Foundation

Berks County Community Foundation

Berks County Intermediate Unit

The City of Reading

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center

Reading Public Library

Reading School District

UPMC For You Health Plan


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