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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

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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

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/WITF