broadband-access

Rural broadband is a farm bill focus during U.S. House hearing

BY: - March 11, 2022

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.

BY: - February 25, 2022

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

BY: - February 15, 2022

States are currently flush with broadband funding after Congress passed, and President Joe Biden signed, the $1.1 trillion infrastructure plan last fall.

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The three things the Pa. Legislature did in 2021 to help older Pennsylvanians | Ray E. Landis

BY: - January 4, 2022

From tele-health to broadband expansion, lawmakers advanced critical pieces of legislation.

General Assembly sends Wolf bill creating new Pa. broadband authority

BY: - December 15, 2021

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.

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Report: States, incl. Pa., take varied approaches to broadband funding | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 15, 2021

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.

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Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband? | Opinion

BY: - December 5, 2021

Digital equity means ensuring that every community has adequate access to the technologies and skills needed to fully participate in society.

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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.

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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.

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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.