BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by U.S. Department of Commerce (DEC) Under Secretary Jed Kolko in Center County on Wednesday, May 18 to highlight the $45 billion Internet for All initiative. dollars from the Biden administration and the state’s willingness to manage more than $100 million in federal funds to roll out affordable high-speed internet to Pennsylvanians.
“The lack of broadband is hurting Pennsylvanians everywhere, urban and rural. Our lack of consistent, affordable broadband is preventing children from learning effectively, businesses from growing, limiting job opportunities, and reducing options for medical care,” Governor Wolf said. “But soon all of this will be history – which we can read about online – thanks to the Biden administration’s continued commitment to improving the infrastructure for our combined success.”
On Friday, May 13, the DEC announced the launch of Internet for All, an initiative to provide reliable and affordable high-speed Internet access to everyone in America by the end of the decade. It is made up of three programs aimed at building internet infrastructure, teaching digital skills and providing the technology needed to ensure everyone has the access and skills to participate in society.
Pennsylvania will receive at least $100 million from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program,
“This program and this funding will change lives,” Governor Wolf added. “We knew we had to be ready for the world of opportunity this would bring to the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Broadband Authority is actively preparing; ready and ready to deploy broadband and connect Pennsylvanians to a safe and prosperous future.
The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority was signed into law by Governor Wolf in 2021. They are responsible for creating a statewide broadband plan and distributing state and federal funds for broadband expansion in the unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth.