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Higher internet costs could be on the way for low-income Pa. residents as federal subsidies run out

Pennsylvania awards $200M to expand high-speed internet access, and a lot more is on the way. But the looming end of a federal program that helps low-income families afford broadband underscores the challenge of ensuring universal access.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Pa.’s broadband authority reverses position on key state law before new federal funding arrives

The Broadband Development Authority initially said it would waive a key section of the 2004 law that restricts publicly owned broadband networks. The agency reversed course after public comments.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

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What’s next as Pa. prepares to spend $1.2B on broadband

The Biden administration said the money will bring broadband to everyone in Pennsylvania.
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Appalachian Regional Commission grants will assist rural broadband in Pennsylvania and 11 other states

Midstate counties considered a part of Appalachia are Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder and Union.
By The Associated Press

Pa. could get $1 billion in federal money for broadband expansion, new maps will help decide where up it goes

As Pennsylvania prepares for an anticipated flood of federal funding to improve broadband access, the state must first resolve a basic and yet surprisingly thorny challenge: pinpointing where high-speed internet is still unavailable.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

A fight over public records could threaten novel approach to broadband in rural Pennsylvania

Officials in the Southern Alleghenies region created the organization in part to sidestep an obscure provision in state law that puts roadblocks in the way of local governments trying to build their own broadband networks.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA