Pennsylvania Senate Sends Governor Bill to Create Broadband Authority

The Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously in support of House Bill 2071, legislation that would create a statewide broadband authority to oversee the state’s strategy for spending federal dollars to close the digital divide. The bill creates the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority, which will be a one stop shop to oversee and support broadband deployment. The authority will manage at least $100 million in federal aid that Pennsylvania will receive to support a coordinated and strategic rollout of broadband to more areas with construction of new towers, lines and broadband equipment and other uses. Governor Wolf is expected to sign the bill into law.