Cranberry still facing setbacks with internet upgrade efforts

Efforts to expand internet access from rural locations within Cranberry Township continue to be thwarted.

Bob Betzold of Hill City told the township supervisors at a meeting Thursday that his inquiries into how the broadband service could be extended have not resulted in any commitments.

Betzold said he spoke with a representative from Armstrong Cable and was told any internet expansion network could not be used on telephone poles. Betzold said there are adequate electric poles, though, in the area.

Another request to Comcast about expanding internet services hasn’t drawn a response as of yet, he said.

Supervisor Matt McSparren said he, too, had asked companies about expanding their service area but hasn’t received any information.

Township manager Chad Findlay said the township’s website won’t be operable for a few weeks in order for upgrades to be made. The payment portal, though, remains functional.

The township will receive a $13,000 grant from Venango County to help pay for recent repairs at the Aires Hill bridge area.

Findlay also said he will contact the state Game Commission to ask for assistance in trapping and removing beavers that are causing waterway backups along Meadow Road and just off Riverside Drive at Oakwood.

The township will hold a scrap metal drop-off from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the township building.