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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 11, 2021 07:27 AM
From: Representative Jason Ortitay
To: All House members
Subject: Broadband Deployment and Development Program
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the economic and educational costs incurred by families who do not have meaningful access to broadband coverage across the Commonwealth. That is why I will be introducing legislation to establish the Broadband Deployment and Development Program.

The Broadband Deployment and Development Program would be a county-run program to provide grants to individuals who lack reliable access to high-speed broadband service. The recipients would be able to use the grant to offset the costs of acquiring high-speed broadband service, including the up-front cost of equipment and monthly subscription services. Counties with low broadband coverage would be prioritized in the formula, but each county would receive an allocation.

I am introducing this legislation now, in preparation for future allocations from the federal government that the Commonwealth would be permitted to use for these purposes. If such funding does arrive, I believe that having this legislation prepared will allow us to allocate the funding promptly.

I look forward to working with you on this important legislation.

Introduced as HB956