CCP receives $3.9M grant for new Broadband Internet Pilot Program
Funded by a $2.9 million grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the pilot program is designed to bridge the digital gap and create jobs for residents in underserved communities.
Pa. plan to distribute $1.16B in federal broadband funds approved by state officials
State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Somerset, who serves on the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, said the five-year action plan to bring broadband access to nearly 300,000 unserved and underserved areas of the commonwealth, was unanimously approved by the Authority on Thursday.
State officials ask for feedback on broadband plan | Five for the weekend
The plan outlines how the commonwealth will disperse more than a billion dollars in federal funding for broadband infrastructure and development projects.
Broadband access for all starts with transparent data | Opinion
Decision makers should use every resource available to make informed choices about which areas of the state need broadband grant funding.
Pa. Broadband Authority seeks public input on community engagement
The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, a 12-member independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), opened a two-week public comment period on Monday to gather feedback on how to engage communities in the process of developing two plans: the State Digital Equity Stakeholder Engagement Plan and the Commonwealth’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Five-Year Action Plan.
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.