broadband-access

COMMENTARY

Connecting low-income families to high-speed internet: Let’s learn from past failures and build on what works | Opinion

BY: - June 4, 2021

Philadelphians and all Americans have seen too much time and money wasted on projects that sound good but fail to deliver.

COMMENTARY

We need to close the digital divide in Pa.’s communities of color | Andrea Custis

BY: - May 14, 2021

A permanent broadband benefit would rightfully place broadband access in the same category as food, healthcare, and education – things that all Americans count on for survival and basic opportunity.

COMMENTARY

SWPA lawmaker’s bill would create new Pa. broadband authority, expand access | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 1, 2021

With millions of Pa. residents working and learning from home 'all Pennsylvanians need affordable access to high-speed broadband internet,' Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette, says.

FCC broadband program brings SpaceX, other telecommunications companies to Pa.

BY: - December 9, 2020

The auction, part of the first phase of the project, allocated $9.2 billion to telecommunications companies in 49 states and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Months into the pandemic, digital divide still leaves poor kids at a disadvantage

BY: - September 29, 2020

Members of the U.S. Senate are pushing for $4 billion in the next coronavirus relief package to help students in rural and low-income areas gain access to high speed internet.

Philly launches initiative to help students gain internet access

BY: - August 7, 2020

PHLConnectED is part of the first stage of the city’s larger digital equity initiative that supports internet adoption and digital literacy skills development for all Philadelphia residents.

Pennsylvania got $104M from the feds to expand internet access to students. Much of it is still unspent 

BY: - August 5, 2020

With the start of classes weeks away, the Wolf administration can't say when they'll spend the money or how they'll dole it out.

COMMENTARY

Want to avoid a cruel summer for Pa. students? Start by closing the digital divide | Janel Myers and Fletcher McClellan

BY: - May 6, 2020

Online education can be a mixed bag. Some students thrive in that environment more than others. But in our new normal, equal access to tech is key.

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access, as Congress looks for solutions

BY: - April 13, 2020

Pennsylvania fell just outside the top 10 states, when it comes  to internet coverage, speed and price, according to a report by BroadbandNow Research.

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 in Pa.: State lawmakers must expand broadband access for all | Opinion

BY: - April 7, 2020

When “normal” legislative work is resumed, the Pennsylvania State Grange urges lawmakers to make high-speed access to broadband an urgent priority.

COVID-19 has widened the digital divide: How do we close it? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 20, 2020

24 million Americans lack broadband internet access. A Pennsylvania plan to expand broadband access is stalled in the General Assembly.

Could a state cell phone tax power Pa.’s rural broadband expansion?

BY: - January 9, 2020

As a starting point, Grange president Wayne Campbell suggested that a $.75 to $1 surcharge per-month on every cell phone user could finance small, matching state grants for local broadband projects.