WASHINGTON (WENY) -- Representative Tom Reed announced a $395,000 grant to the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board for the Southwest New York Wireless Broadband project.

The project will provide 25 without access to broadband internet in the Southern Tier.

"The funds delivered with this grant will purchase and install fixed wireless broadband equipment and backhaul fiber at eight cell towers in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties where the area's hilly land and low density have discouraged the private sector from deploying broadband which left thousands without access to reliable high-speed internet," Rep. Reed said. "This project will bridge the broadband service gap, create opportunities for economic development and boost higher education opportunities."

In addition to this funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, local sources will provide $399,000 in funding, bringing the total project funding to $794,000.