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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

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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/WPSU

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

State lawmakers advance plan to boost broadband internet expansion

Pennsylvania is in line for at least $100 million in federal money to expand broadband in the state. The authority that would be set up under the House-passed bill would consist of an 11-member board.

By The Associated Press

New federal infrastructure funds would go toward helping Pa. communities with poor internet access

Nearly 400,000 Pennsylvanians do not have access to high-speed internet.
By Gabriela Martínez

Appalachian Commission distributes $46 million for projects — including more than $8 Million for Pa.

Pennsylvania has 52 counties considered part of the Appalachia region – including Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, and Union.
By The Associated Press