Lack of affordable, accessible broadband ‘holding our economy back’ Wolf says
The funds, and broadband projects statewide, are overseen by the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, created by Wolf in 2021 as a 12-member independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Digital equity depends on high-speed internet infrastructure improvements | Opinion
Remote learning, tele-health, and the delivery of news are at stake
Rural broadband is a farm bill focus during U.S. House hearing
By Jared Strong The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the need for federal assistance to develop high-speed internet connectivity in all parts of the country, members of a U.S. House subcommittee agreed this week as they reviewed provisions that are likely to be included in the next farm bill. “I represent a largely rural district in north-central, […]
‘It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity:’ Advocates, officials emphasize need for high-speed broadband in rural Pa.
High-speed broadband access could be the key to reinvigorating rural Pennsylvania, advocates said during Friday Zoom call.
New authority meets to tackle broadband expansion across Pennsylvania
States are currently flush with broadband funding after Congress passed, and President Joe Biden signed, the $1.1 trillion infrastructure plan last fall.
The three things the Pa. Legislature did in 2021 to help older Pennsylvanians | Ray E. Landis
From tele-health to broadband expansion, lawmakers advanced critical pieces of legislation.
General Assembly sends Wolf bill creating new Pa. broadband authority
Areas that receive the funding must have download speeds of less than 100 megabits per- second, and upload speeds of 20 megabits per-second — a new, high standard championed by lawmakers in Washington D.C.
Report: States, incl. Pa., take varied approaches to broadband funding | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Most state broadband expansion programs emphasize unserved areas, but eligibility, funding requirements, and accountability measures vary, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband? | Opinion
Digital equity means ensuring that every community has adequate access to the technologies and skills needed to fully participate in society.
Connecting low-income families to high-speed internet: Let’s learn from past failures and build on what works | Opinion
Philadelphians and all Americans have seen too much time and money wasted on projects that sound good but fail to deliver.
We need to close the digital divide in Pa.’s communities of color | Andrea Custis
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.
SWPA lawmaker’s bill would create new Pa. broadband authority, expand access | Monday Morning Coffee
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.