Snyder announces approval of broadband bill in committee

Measure would direct state to leverage existing assets to help areas without service

HARRISBURG, May 6 – A bill that would direct the state to take inventory of communications assets with the goal of providing broadband access to areas of the commonwealth without reliable service was approved in committee today, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington.

“I’m pleased that House Bill 305 is moving forward, because I strongly believe that all Pennsylvanians, regardless of where they live, should have access to quality, reliable broadband service,” Snyder said. “Today’s action means we’re one step closer to making that a reality.”

Snyder’s bill would mandate the state Department of General Services to conduct a thorough 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.

Snyder said two additional measures related to broadband access are being considered. House Resolution 63, which 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, is in the Consumer Affairs Committee. House Resolution 64, which would establish a bipartisan, bicameral commission to provide recommendations to deploy broadband services, is being considered in the State Government Committee.

House Bill 305 was voted out of the House State Government Committee and is pending further action by the full House.