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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

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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

Pennsylvania’s definition of broadband hasn’t changed in nearly 20 years

Everyone in Pennsylvania has access to broadband according to the definition set by state lawmakers in the early 2000s.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Obscure state law could hold up broadband expansion

local communities that wanted to build their own broadband networks are facing another challenge – an obscure 2004 state law intended to keep publicly-owned telephone companies from competing with utilities.

By Scott LaMar

An obscure provision in Pennsylvania law could create roadblocks to expanding the state’s high-speed internet

An obscure state law could blunt the impact of up to $1 billion in federal funding for Pennsylvania’s broadband expansion.

By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania takes first step to join federal government’s $45 billion “Internet for All” initiative

Under the initiative, three programs will spend $45 billion on building broadband infrastructure, reducing connection costs and promoting equitable access.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Low cost high-speed internet for qualified families under a federal program

20 internet service companies have agreed to provide lower-income families high-speed plans for $30 a month or less.
By Anne Danahy/WPSU