Bridging the Digital Divide

 

The House Democratic Policy Committee will host a hearing on bridging the digital divide in Pennsylvania and its impact on education. State Representatives Pam Snyder, Pete Schweyer, Morgan Cephas, will join Whip Jordan Harris and Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro in hosting the hearing. 

Join us online at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30 to view the hearing. The hearing can be viewed below or on the Policy Committee's Facebook account -- @PADemPolicy. 

 

 

HEARING DETAILS

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Virtual Hearing: Bridging the Digital Divide

(March 24, 2021)

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IN THE NEWS 

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Bridging the digital divide focus of Tuesday and Wednesday House Democratic Policy Committee hearings

(March 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 -- Education, employment and healthcare outcomes are relying more on internet connectivity and access and the House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting two hearings to explore the impacts on Pennsylvania’s economy. The first hearing—with a focus on education – will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30 and hosted by state Reps. Jordan Harris, Pam Snyder, Peter Schweyer and Morgan Cephas. The second hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 and hosted by Rep. Rob Matzie, Democratic chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee. The latter hearing will examine creating a more connected state for an improved business climate and healthcare access. The public and media are encouraged to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy . Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Read more

 
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Lack of internet access widens Pa. digital divide; House Democratic Policy Committee focuses on needs and solutions

(March 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today hosted a virtual public hearing that challenged public officials to reimagine the education system to ensure quality, reliable internet access and equipment for students as part of an educators’ toolbox. The hearing, hosted by state Representatives Jordan Harris, Pam Snyder, Peter Schweyer, Morgan Cephas, brought together educators and communications experts on what is needed to help create a bridge that closes the digital divide. “Ultimately, a public-private partnership and investment will be needed to overcome the digital divide. Quality internet access and devices are an essential part of a quality 21st century education and Pennsylvania students and educators should be set up for success,” Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Hillary Linardopoulos, legislative representative for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; Lawrence Jones, CEO of Richard Allen Prep; and Dr. Robin Cooper from the Philadelphia Principals Union, shared their experience throughout the pandemic and the challenges their educators faced before and throughout the pandemic in keeping children and educators connected for a quality education. Cooper noted broadband access and educational supports have a direct impact on student opportunities and career potential. “At the start of the pandemic, there were about 3,000 Allentown School District households that didn’t have access to the Read more

 
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OP-ED: Broadband expansion vital; we must move forward

(May 1, 2021)

Pushing for broadband expansion for all Pennsylvanians is not something new for me – several years ago, I realized our state had a serious problem regarding reliable, affordable access and I began to further investigate why, as a state, we had fallen so behind. Since the pandemic, access and connectivity issues have only exacerbated. Read more

 

AGENDA + TESTIMONY

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Bridging the Digital Divide

(March 30, 2021)

A hearing on bridging the digital divide in education hosted by state Representatives Jordan Harris, Pam Snyder, Peter Schweyer, and Morgan Cephas Read more