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Monday, May 3, 2021

Tri-Co Connections broadband customers may be eligible for $50 monthly discounts through new federal program

MANSFIELD, Pa. — Tri-Co Connections is participating in a federal COVID assistance program that will provide $50 monthly discounts for qualifying high-speed internet service customers.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Tri-Co Connections, the broadband internet subsidiary of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, as a participant in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a $3.2 billion federal initiative to help reduce the cost of high-speed internet for households struggling to pay for internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enrollment in the program begins May 12 through the Universal Service Administrative Co.’s website at A link to the enrollment website, as well as additional information about the program, can be found on the Tri-Co Connections website at or by calling Tri-Co Connections toll free at 1-833-822-2010.

The program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount per household. The discount program will remain in effect until the Emergency Broadband Benefits program funds have been depleted.

Households can qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit by showing that at least one member of the household meets one of the following criteria:

•     Qualifies for the FCC’s Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits

•     Receives or is eligible to receive benefits under the free or reduced price school breakfast/lunch program

•     Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, and total household income in 2020 was below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers

•     Received a federal Pell grant in the current award year

Tri-Co Connections began deploying its fiber-optic system in 2019 as part of a 6-year project to make broadband internet service available throughout Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative’s 5,000-square-mile service territory across north-central Pennsylvania. 

Tri-County became the first electric cooperative in Pennsylvania to launch a fiber-to-the-home internet project, which will provide its members access to affordable high-speed internet service.

The fiber build-out began outside of Coudersport in November 2019, and the first Tri-Co Connections customer was connected to the company’s high-speed internet service on April 7, 2020. Since then, Tri-Co Connections has connected more than 800 Potter County homes and businesses to its broadband service.

With headquarters in Mansfield, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative provides electric service to approximately 17,000 members and over 20,000 services in Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Lycoming, Clinton, McKean and Cameron counties.


Anonymous said...

What happened to equality?

Anonymous said...

What a great country everything's going to be free!

John Q Public said...

The government already took the money from the taxpayers years ago for this. I personally would rather see the money spent around here on the TriCo infrastructure than out in california or the midwest. Gotta somehow be held accountable for the funds or they will get "lost" like the border wall funds did under Obama.