Snyder receives award for her work in expanding Pa.’s access to reliable broadband service

HARRISBURG, April 4 – In recognition for her work to connect all Pennsylvanians to modern broadband service, state Rep. Pam Snyder was honored with a broadband champion award from KINBER, a nonprofit group that helps communities gain access to reliable, high-speed internet service.

The award was recently presented to Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, during KINBERCON 2019, a three-day conference that brought together Pennsylvania’s leaders in a variety of fields to share ideas and success stories about using next-generation networks and technology.

“I was extremely humbled and honored to receive this award,” Snyder said. “Working together – with KINBER, my colleagues in the state House and Senate, and with partners in agriculture, education, and other sectors throughout Pennsylvania – we can effectively close the gap that exists between our residents who have reliable internet access and those who do not. It is critical for our continued economic growth and development and to successfully navigate our modern world.”

“Pam Snyder is working hard to connect Pennsylvania with this needed commodity – broadband,” said Wendy Huntoon, CEO and president of KINBER. “Her leadership and focus on this issue made it easy for us to select her for the first broadband champion award.”

In February, Snyder introduced three measures to address the lack of broadband access in unserved and underserved areas of the state:

  • House Bill 305 would direct the state Department of General Services to conduct an inventory of all state department, agency, commission, or institution-owned communication towers, poles, bridges and facilities to leverage existing assets to provide access to areas without broadband service. This bill is currently being considered in the State Government Committee.

  • House Resolution 63 would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an audit of, and investigation into, the compliance by non-rural telecommunications carriers with previous enacted broadband telecommunications laws. It is currently under consideration in the state Consumer Affairs Committee.

  • House Resolution 64 would establish a bipartisan, bicameral commission to provide recommendations to deploy broadband services. This measure is currently in the State Government Committee for consideration.