Snyder: Bill would allow local governments to provide broadband service to residents

HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Pam Snyder has introduced a measure that would allow local communities unserved or underserved by larger Internet service providers the ability to move forward in providing their residents with broadband service.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2055 would amend the state’s Municipal Authorities Act to allow local governments the ability to deploy a publicly owned broadband Internet network.

“In many areas of our state, including my district, it’s beyond challenging for residents to access affordable, reliable broadband access, and it’s time we give local communities the authority and the ability to provide themselves with fast, high-speed Internet access without having to navigate arcane procedures in order to do so,” Snyder said. “We already know that the lack of such access hampers our abilities to compete on a level playing field, whether it be in economic development, education, or health care. Allowing local decision-makers the ability to move forward in providing this service to their residents is definitely a step in the right direction.”

Her bill is currently under consideration in the House Local Government Committee.