Governor Wolf Announces Initiative to Expand Broadband Access (Round-up)

By: Governor’s Office of Communications

March 20, 2018

On Monday, March 19, Governor Wolf announced a new initiative that will expand broadband access to businesses and households in Pennsylvania, ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to high-speed internet.

“High-Speed Internet access is essential to growing our economy, expanding educational opportunities for our children, increasing access to modern healthcare, and improving the safety of our communities,” said Governor Wolf. “For Pennsylvania to succeed we must close the digital divide ensuring every citizen and business has the access it needs to connect to the ever-expanding digital world in which we live and work.”

The Governor announced the Pennsylvania Broadband Incentive Program which will offer up to $35 million in financial incentives to private providers bidding on service areas within Pennsylvania in the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming Connect America Fund Phase II Auction.

The Wolf Administration is dedicated to ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to high-speed internet by 2022.

Take a look at the coverage below:

  • Associated Press: Wolf to Put $35M Toward Encouraging Broadband Expansion

    Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Monday that it will make $35 million available to encourage telecommunications companies to extend high-speed internet service to areas of Pennsylvania that lack it.
    Wolf’s administration said it hopes to expand broadband internet to every part of Pennsylvania by the end of 2022.

  • WBRE/WYOU: New Initiative to Expand Broadband Access in the Commonwealth

    The Governor on Monday announced a new office and a new initiative. The goal… To make access to high speed, broadband internet available to every Pennsylvanian over the next four years. For Michael Smith, The Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, high-speed internet is a must in the 21st century economy.
    “It is as important today as the railroads were in the mid-1800s, as electrification was in the early 20th century.”

  • ABC 27: Gov. Wolf looking to make high-speed internet available to every Pennsylvanian

    Almost 1 million Pennsylvanians still do not have access to reliable, high-speed internet. Governor Wolf is looking to change that, announcing a new office and a new initiative on Monday. The goal to make high-speed broadband internet available to all Pennsylvanians by 2022.

  • WJAC: Gov. Wolf launches plan to give all Pennsylvanians high-speed internet

    “For Pennsylvania to succeed we must close the digital divide ensuring every citizen and business has the access it needs to connect to the ever-expanding digital world in which we live and work,” said Wolf.
    As part of the launch of the initiative, Wolf will offer up to $35 million in incentives to private providers that bid on service areas in the state.

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