Pennsylvania Broadband Authority Green Lights $279 Million to Close State’s Digital Divide

A blueprint for spending $279 million in federal aid for capital projects to develop broadband services was approved recently by the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA). The authority at its Sept. 15 meeting approved a plan to split that amount with $200 million for an infrastructure grant program targeting locations that don’t have access to 25/3 Mbps reliable service; $45 million to finance public community projects in schools and local governments through the Digital Anchor Institution Grant Program and $20 million to increase access to laptops, tablets, and computers through the Digital Access and Opportunity Grant Program. The three programs will address broadband service infrastructure and availability, digital equity and affordability, device and technology access, and digital literacy and technical support, the board said. Click here to learn more about PBDA.