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Legislature – 7-16-21

On Tuesday, Representative Martin Causer released a co-sponsorship memo announcing that he intends to introduce legislation appropriating $100 million federal stimulus dollars into Pennsylvania’s Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program. The bill will take the money from the COVID-19 Response Restricted Account and make it available to the Commonwealth Financing Authority under Act 132 which was […]

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Industry News – 7-9-21

Net neutrality proponents must be on the edge of their seats awaiting today’s Executive Order from President Joe Biden urging the FCC to reinstate the rules nixed by his predecessor and the Chairman Pai Commission. Both Axios and CNBC reported that the Order will not only urge the FCC to action but establish a “broadband […]

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Legislature – 7-2-21

Last week, the House Transportation Committee unanimously approved Representative Doyle Heffley’s bill providing for potential cost sharing agreements between ILECs and PaDOT, when infrastructure needs to be moved for road and bridge projects. House Bill 1658 was subsequently referred to the House Rules Committee for its consideration and hopes are that the full House will […]

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Legislature – 6-18-21

The House Transportation Committee is the recipient of legislation (HB1658), introduced yesterday by Representative Doyle Heffley which would allow landline telcos to enter into cost sharing agreements with Pa DOT for road and bridge projects which require the telcos to move their infrastructure.

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Legislature – 6-11-21

The House Consumer Affairs Committee is poised to consider legislation which provides for an inventory of state-owned assets which can be used for broadband deployment. Sponsored by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill, Senate Bill 442 requires the Department of General Services to include in its real estate surveys structures and assets that could possibly be utilized for […]

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Legislature – 06-04-21

Introduced and referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee yesterday, Representative Pam Snyder’s HB 1488 addresses broadband on a number of fronts. First, the bill changes the 1.544 Mbps minimum BB speed in Chapter 30 to 25/3 and ultimately track whatever the FCC decides the minimum is. Second, the legislation allows municipalities to offer BB […]

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Legislature – 5-21-21

On Monday, the Senate Communications & Technology Committee will meet to consider Senate Bill 696 which, among other things, requires state agencies to notify individuals of a data breach within seven days following discovery of the breach.

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Legislature – 4-30-21

The Senate doubled down on last week’s missive to Governor Wolf regarding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), with this week’s support of Senate Bill 119 by the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The bill requires legislative approval for PA to enter any program which deals with carbon emissions and the Wolf Administration offered that […]

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Legislature – 4-23-21

Calling the legislation part of a “multi-faceted approach to closing the digital divide” Senate Communications and Technology Chairman Kristin Phillips-Hill teed up Senate Bill 341 for committee consideration on Tuesday. The Senator noted in her comments that many of the regulations currently on the books have not been updated in decades and that the legislation […]

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