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PA moves forward with $1B broadband expansion in underserved areas


(Harrisburg, PA) – A multi-year plan key to securing more than $1 billion in federal resources to expand broadband access across the state was recently approved by the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority.

The five-year plan, known as “Connecting the Commonwealth,” helps pave the way to bringing affordable broadband access to unserved and underserved areas of Pennsylvania. The plan includes expanding infrastructure, partnering with community-based institutions to provide digital literacy training, and strengthening existing affordability programs throughout the state.

The plan will focus on currently unserved locations. These nearly 300,000 locations are homes, businesses or any address that currently cannot access modern high-speed broadband services.

The authority was established by the Legislature through Act 96 of 2021. Its mission is to coordinate and facilitate funding for broadband buildout across Pennsylvania.