Snyder to host hearing on broadband deployment, internet issues

House panel to study quality concerns Aug. 17 at Waynesburg University

CARMICHAELS, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said the House Consumer Affairs Committee will conduct a public informational hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Waynesburg University’s Miller Hall to discuss broadband deployment and issues with internet quality.

“We live in the Information age, and any detours on the information superhighway in rural Pennsylvania are unacceptable,” said Snyder, Democratic secretary for the committee. “The hearing will hear from citizens, business people, industry officials and regulators to delve into the issues delaying full access to high-quality internet access and service and how we can best overcome them.”

Snyder said the House Consumer Affairs Committee’s chairmen -- Reps. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery, and Peter J. Daley II, D-Washington/Fayette – scheduled the hearing at her request after she informed them of continuing complaints about issues with internet quality and access from citizens and businesses in the 50th Legislative District.

The current agenda for Wednesday’s hearing is:

  • 10 a.m. -- House Consumer Affairs Chairmen Godshall and Daley, call to order, introductions;

  • 10:10 a.m.  -- Rep. Snyder, opening remarks;

  • 10:20 a.m. – Testimony from Deborah J. Morgan, residential consumer;

  • 10:50 a.m. – Testimony from Public Utility Commissioner Andrew Place;

  • 11:10 a.m. – Testimony from the Office of Consumer Advocate and the Small Business Advocate; and

  • 11:30 a.m. -- Industry panel testimony and feedback from Verizon, the Pennsylvania Telephone Association, Windstream, Broadband Cable Association and Atlantic Broadband.

  • The state legislature had the foresight in the early 1990s to plan for high-speed, broadband service and permitted a surcharge on consumers to expand the information superhighway,” Snyder said. “We must ensure that we are getting our money’s worth, and I invite everyone to attend the hearing to learn more about the issues at stake.”