Legislature sends broadband expansion bill to governor’s desk

Passed unanimously in House and Senate

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 — A bill co-sponsored by state Rep. Pam Snyder to expand access to broadband in Pennsylvania is heading to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk after passing both the House and Senate in a unanimous, bipartisan fashion.

House Bill 2071 would create the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, the first official broadband entity in state history. The Broadband Development Authority would consist of an 11-member governing authority board, charged with creating a statewide broadband plan and distributing grant money for broadband expansion projects in underserved areas of the commonwealth.

“For too long, we have talked about the need for broadband without action. That inaction ended this week. I am so excited and proud to say this bill passed both chambers of the General Assembly without a single negative vote,” Snyder said. “This piece of landmark, bipartisan legislation will finally prepare Pennsylvania to deploy broadband across this commonwealth. This has been a long time coming.”

Snyder added, “This is an example of how our government should work. Republicans and Democrats, the House and Senate, and the governor sat down and talked about what Pennsylvania needed, and finally delivered for the people of Pennsylvania.”

Snyder has been a champion of expanding access to broadband in all areas of Pennsylvania since her election to the 50th District in 2012.

House Bill 2071 now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.