House Democratic Policy Committee to hold virtual hearing on improving internet access Tuesday

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on improving internet access for education and telehealth in Pennsylvania.

The hearing will be held virtually at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. The media and public can watch the livestream at

Requested by state Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, the hearing will feature testimony from state officials and various stakeholders about internet accessibility issues faced by seniors, rural areas and impoverished communities. Testifiers and members will speak remotely.

Testifiers will include: 

  • Gladys Brown Dutrieuille, chair, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
  • Kyle Kopko, director, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania
  • Sasha Meinrath, Palmer chair in telecommunications, Penn State University
  • Wayne Campbell, president, Pennsylvania State Grange
  • Najja Orr, president and CEO, Philadelphia Corporation of Aging
  • Ashley Henry Shook, spokesperson, Pennsylvania Partnership for 5G
  • Thomas Musgrove, government affairs manager, Crown Castle International Corp.

Following the hearing, testimony and full hearing video will be posted at