Wolf Administration Highlights How Restore Pennsylvania Can Improve Broadband Access in Huntingdon County
Mill Creek, PA – Today, Governor’s Office of Broadband Initiatives Acting Executive Director Sheri Collins joined the Rural Broadband Cooperative and local officials for the raising of a new broadband tower on Stone Mountain in Mill Creek, Huntingdon County. Collins highlighted how Restore Pennsylvania will aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs and bring high-speed internet access to every Pennsylvanian.
“This tower is an important step in making sure that more Huntingdon County residents have access to robust high-speed internet, but more funding is needed to bring access to the greater Huntington area and across Pennsylvania,” Collins said. “Broadband access helps students learn, it helps businesses in the area, and it helps people connect with one another. Restore Pennsylvania could help fund more projects like this all across the commonwealth.”
Once fully operational, the tower will be capable of providing high-speed internet to 360 rural residents and businesses in the area. The tower is also completely self-sustaining, powered by solar panels and wind turbines that enables it to operate off the grid.
The project will provide additional internet service to Mill Creek and surrounding communities, but more resources are needed to implement projects like this on a larger scale. Across Pennsylvania, nearly a million residents lack access to robust, reliable high-speed internet. Lack of access hinders education, health care, emergency services, community development, and business attraction and retention.
The $4.5 billion bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania proposal will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania. 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.
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.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132