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Carla Sands Jeff Bartos Kathy Barnette Sean Parnell Wednesday, Aug 18 2021

Infrastructure Bill Will Expand Internet Access in Rural Pennsylvania

Aug 18, 2021

Each of Pennsylvania’s leading GOP U.S. Senate candidates opposes the widely popular, bipartisan plan

A new report from the Philadelphia Inquirer outlines how the bipartisan infrastructure deal passed last week in the U.S. Senate can help to expand high-speed internet access in rural communities across Pennsylvania.

Even though the bipartisan deal stands to help the “one in five Pennsylvania households [that] doesn’t have a broadband internet subscription” get connected, each of Pennsylvania’s leading Republican U.S. Senate candidates — including Kathy Barnette, Sean Parnell, Jeff Bartos, and Carla Sands — has opposed the popular, bipartisan bill, putting personal politics ahead of getting things done for Pennsylvania families and communities.

Philadelphia Inquirer: People in rural Pennsylvania are desperate for internet. Biden’s infrastructure bill could help.

By Julia Terruso, 8/18/21

Key points:

  • “About one in five Pennsylvania households doesn’t have a broadband internet subscription, with many rural counties having low coverage.”
  • “Now broadband could get a historic investment through the infrastructure bill making its way through Congress. Pennsylvania could receive $100 million to expand broadband infrastructure and subsidize service and devices for families who have access but can’t afford it, such as low-income families in Philadelphia.”
  • “In rural areas, the issue is also structural — there simply isn’t enough population density to incentivize setting up the pipes and towers needed.”
  • “‘The infrastructure bill is a great opportunity to continue what has been started here, to bring it to the last mile, so to speak,’ said Republican Juniata County Commissioner Alice Gray.”
  • “For many people, it’s not just a lack of access but an inability to afford the devices to get online. The infrastructure bill’s $100 million includes money to subsidize laptops, iPads, and other devices, along with service costs.”

Read the full report here.


Published: Aug 18, 2021

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