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PRINTER'S NO. 4250
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2786
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY SNYDER, MADDEN, DAVANZO, DONATUCCI, KINSEY, JAMES,
HILL-EVANS, HARKINS, MURT, McNEILL, DALEY, BERNSTINE,
LONGIETTI, CALTAGIRONE, SAPPEY, PICKETT, WILLIAMS, DAVIDSON,
ULLMAN, SCHLOSSBERG, SANCHEZ, FREEMAN, PASHINSKI, HOWARD,
McCARTER, READSHAW, ECKER, NEILSON, M. K. KELLER, STRUZZI,
HOHENSTEIN, BOBACK, CIRESI, ROEBUCK, McCLINTON, DEASY AND
DELLOSO, AUGUST 13, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS, AUGUST 13, 2020
AN ACT
Providing for the expansion of broadband access in underserved
areas; establishing the Underserved and Unserved Broadband
Deployment Grant Program and the Underserved and Unserved
Broadband Deployment Fund; and transferring funds from the
COVID-19 Response Restricted Account.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Underserved
and Unserved Broadband Deployment Act.
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Department." The Department of Community and Economic
Development of the Commonwealth.
"Fund." The Underserved and Unserved Broadband Deployment
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Fund established under section 4(a).
"Grant program." The Underserved and Unserved Broadband
Deployment Grant Program under section 3(a).
Section 3. Underserved and Unserved Broadband Deployment Grant
Program.
(a) Establishment.--The Underserved and Unserved Broadband
Deployment Grant Program is established within the department to
expand broadband access in underserved areas.
(b) Award of grants.--The department shall award grants with
money from the fund to applicants that:
(1) Are a municipality or resident of this Commonwealth
located in an underserved area, determined by the department.
(2) Show a lack of broadband access and demonstrate a
need for broadband access.
(c) Application.--The application for a grant under the
grant program shall be in a form and manner prescribed by the
department.
(d) Initial review.--Within one year of the effective date
of this section, the department shall coordinate with the
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, municipalities, counties
and other stakeholders to determine how much money is needed to
continue to expand the grant program and prepare a report which
shall be submitted to the following:
(1) The Governor.
(2) The General Assembly.
(e) Annual review.--The department shall conduct an annual
review of the grant program and shall prepare a report which
shall be submitted to the following:
(1) The Governor.
(2) The General Assembly.
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Section 4. The Underserved and Unserved Broadband Deployment
Fund.
(a) Establishment.--The Underserved and Unserved Broadband
Deployment Fund is established as a special fund in the State
Treasury. Money in the fund shall be appropriated to the
department on a continuing basis for purposes of the grant
program.
(b) Transfer from COVID-19 Response Restricted Account.--The
sum of $50,000,000 is transferred from the COVID-19 Response
Restricted Account to the fund.
(c) Additional money.--Money available to the fund shall
include appropriations and transfers from the General Fund,
special funds, Federal money and other sources of revenue made
available to the fund.
Section 5. Effective date.
This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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