WINDBER, Pa.—A sparsely populated western Pennsylvania township is finally getting high-speed internet coverage and hopes soon to eradicate a cellphone "dead zone," too.

Officials in Ogle Township, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, tell the (Somerset) Daily American that Verizon required at least 40 of the township's 500 residents to purchase at least a year's worth of high-speed web service before it would be installed.

Township supervisors' chairman Harvey Weyandt says his house just got hooked up for the service and says Verizon has also agreed to build two cellphone towers so a 16-mile stretch of Route 56 between nearby Windber and Pleasantville in neighboring Bedford County will no longer be a "dead zone."

The township didn't have to pay for the service which, Weyandt says, was achieved by "good old-fashioned squawking."

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Information from: Daily American, http://www.dailyamerican.com