SOMERSET – The Somerset County Board of Commissioners approved a deal Tuesday with a telecommunications consulting agency that will oversee a federally funded expansion of the county’s internet infrastructure.

MCM Consulting Group, based in St. Mary’s, Elk County, will be paid $175,000 to oversee the project, subject to county Solicitor Dan Rullo’s review of the agreement.

The Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded $569,204 to Somerset County in May to fund the extension of fiber-optic cables to what the agency described as “key countywide industrial areas,” including Somerset Industrial Park, Laurel Highlands Business Park, Meyersdale Industrial Park and North Star Industrial Park.

The county estimated that the project will create 42 jobs, retain 20 current jobs and generate $25 million in private investment, according to the development group.

Mark Pesto is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkPesto.