Gov. Wolf pushes for statewide broadband access | TribLIVE.com
Pennsylvania

Gov. Wolf pushes for statewide broadband access

Paul Guggenheimer
821691_web1_PTR-GunControl06-121218
File photo
Gov. Tom Wolf says state must close digital divide.

Arguing that statewide broadband access is needed to increase educational opportunities, Gov. Tom Wolf announced an infrastructure initiative on Friday called “Restore Pennsylvania.”

The plan calls for an investment of $4.5 billion dollars over the next four years to expand broadband access to all Pennsylvanians.

Nearly a million Pennsylvania residents currently lack access to reliable, high-speed internet, according to figures provided by the governor’s media office.

“For Pennsylvanians to succeed we must close the digital divide to ensure every citizen has the access it needs to connect to the ever-expanding digital world in which we live and work,” said Wolf. “Our students, parents, and teachers deserve better, and we can provide that through ‘Restore Pennsylvania.’”

The governor says the initiative will be funded by the monetization of a “commonsense” severance tax and address several priority infrastructure areas including high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development and energy infrastructure.

The goal is to completely bridge the digital divide and the governor says funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected].

Categories: News | Pennsylvania
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.