Snyder announces passage of broadband bill in Senate committee

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – A measure to direct the state Department of General Services to take inventory of communications assets – with the goal of providing reliable broadband access statewide – was unanimously reported out of the Senate State Government Committee, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said House Bill 305 would require DGS 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 reliable broadband service.

“As I keep saying, we can’t compete if we can’t connect, and I remain committed to bring reliable and affordable broadband service to all areas of our great state,” Snyder said. “It shouldn’t matter whether you live in an urban or rural area, this access is invaluable to economic growth, our farmers, our teachers, our health care workers and our students.”

Snyder also thanked state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, for her continued support for broadband expansion. Both Snyder and Phillips-Hill co-founded the legislative Broadband Caucus last year.

The bill now heads to the full state Senate for further consideration.