Snyder, other legislators send letter to FCC urging affordable, reliable internet in rural areas

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, joined by a contingent of other state legislators, has sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission asking for fast, reliable broadband service across the commonwealth on behalf of the 800,000 people in the state who do not have it.

The letter requests that rules be finalized to allow at least three white space channels in each U.S. market designated to be used by broadband internet. In doing so, the private sector and other companies could work on transforming rural communities by offering affordable and reliable broadband services, the letter states.

“As an advocate for access to broadband service to the people who need it the most, some members of the General Assembly and I are asking that the private sector be allowed to access white space to develop technological advances in rural broadband,” said Snyder. “By improving the technological advances available in rural communities, people will be better equipped with more educational and economic opportunities.”

Last year Snyder introduced H.R. 630 urging the FCC to support a joint petition filed by the State Utility Commission and Department of Community and Economic Development, which would safeguard Connect America funding.

Additionally, Snyder joined state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, in introducing H.B. 1642, legislation that would expand the availability of high-speed broadband internet service in underserved and unserved areas.