HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation creating the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority. There was debate in the state senate on the bill recently.
With some 800,000 Pennsylvanians lacking access to broadband and high speed internet, Senator John Kane says creation of the Broadband Development Authority is much needed. Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill says the authority will position the state to handle the influx of federal taxpayer dollars dedicated to broadband expansion: “House Bill 2071 ensures that these hard-earned tax dollars, that were approved by our federal counterparts, are spent wisely and prudently.”
The governor’s office says the authority will help to manage a minimum of $100 million in federal aid the state is set to receive for broadband expansion.