|Posted:||January 30, 2019 01:50 PM|
|From:||Representative Martin T. Causer|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Rural Pennsylvania Broadband Deployment Act|
|Broadband Infrastructure and connectivity is vitally important for all residents and businesses throughout the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, in many ways rural Pennsylvania has been left behind. With all the proposals and focus being generated on this important issue, I think we have a tremendous opportunity before us to help our rural areas. The President last year announced plans for an American Infrastructure Initiative, which would provide funding to states specifically designated for rural infrastructure. In addition, there is funding included in the Federal Farm bill for rural infrastructure. The Governor also last year announced state funding for this purpose.
To coordinate this effort, I plan to reintroduce legislation (HB 2293 from last session) that will create The Rural Pennsylvania Broadband Deployment Act. The legislation will establish a new fund within the State Treasury into which federal, state and other funding can be deposited to use for deployment of rural broadband/high-speed Internet services. The legislation would also create an advisory board within DCED to not only investigate and make recommendations for the improved deployment of these services, but to solicit, review and recommend proposals to use the funding. The priority for funding would be to use it in the most underserved rural areas of the Commonwealth.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Previous Co-Sponsors: BOBACK, CONKLIN, ENGLISH, GILLEN, GODSHALL, A. HARRIS, IRVIN, JAMES, KAUFER, KAVULICH, M. K. KELLER, LONGIETTI, MACKENZIE, MILLARD, MURT, PICKETT, RAPP, ROEBUCK, SCHLOSSBERG, SOLOMON, WARD, BENNINGHOFF, EVERETT and OBERLANDER