Snyder to serve on new Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority

Appointed by House Minority Leader McClinton

HARRISBURG, Jan. 19 — State Rep. Pam Snyder announced Wednesday she has been appointed to serve on the newly formed Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority.

Snyder was a main co-sponsor of H.B. 2071, now known as Act 96 of 2021, which was signed by the governor in December after passing both chambers of the General Assembly without a single negative vote.

This law created the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority. The board will consist of 11 members, one of which is appointed by House Minority Leader Rep. Joanna McClinton. On Wednesday, McClinton notified Dennis Davin, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, she appointed Snyder to serve on the board.

In response to her appointment, Snyder released the following statement:

“I’ve championed the issue of expanding broadband access across the state since my election in 2012. I’ve participated in countless hearings, meetings, and conversations on the matter. The lack of accessible broadband, specifically in rural areas, is something that directly affects me and the communities I represent. That’s why I sponsored the legislation to create the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority.

“I am pleased to now serve on the board that my legislation created so I can continue my mission to make sure every resident of Pennsylvania, regardless of where they live, has equal access to broadband. I want to thank my House colleagues for unanimously passing this legislation, Leader McClinton for the appointment, and Minority Chair of the House Consumer Affairs Committee Rob Matzie for his continued effort on broadband expansion and the creation of the Authority.”

The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority is charged with creating a statewide broadband plan and distributing grant money for broadband expansion projects in underserved areas of the commonwealth. It’s the commonwealth’s first official broadband entity in state history.