Monroe County Leaders Support Restore Pennsylvania Plan to Provide High-Speed Internet Access

Cresco, PA – Today, Governor’s Office of Broadband Initiatives Acting Executive Director Sheri Collins joined state Representative Maureen Madden and community members from Monroe County to highlight the need for broadband expansion statewide. They discussed the region’s lack of access to high-speed internet and expressed their support to Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan to help communities close the digital divide.

“We cannot continue allowing our rural citizens to lag behind. Access to internet translates into more opportunities for jobs, education, telemedicine, and many other valuable resources,” Collins said. “Restore Pennsylvania is key to create an even playing field for Pennsylvanians in the northeast and across the state. As we have heard from the community here today, internet access is just as important as electricity, gas, roads and bridges. It’s past time we invest in it appropriately.”

Restore Pennsylvania, the $4.5 billion bipartisan proposal funded through a commonsense severance tax will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania. Funding will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high-speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth.

Nearly a million Pennsylvanians today lack access to robust, reliable, high-speed internet. Local municipalities cannot fund broadband infrastructure themselves. If passed into law, Restore Pennsylvania will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection at a level far beyond any existing funding mechanisms.

“Access to adequate broadband has evolved into a basic need that is essential to succeed in today’s society,” Representative Madden said. “We need to ensure every household and business has access to high-speed internet, we must fix our crumbling roads and bridges, and we need to fund revitalization and renewal projects. I support Governor Wolf’s proposal to enact a severance tax that would fund a $4.5 billion infrastructure spending plan to launch our commonwealth into the 21st century.”

Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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