HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved two bills aimed at better deployment of high-speed internet throughout the state. Senate Bill 341 removes regulatory barriers by updating the Public Utility Code and require the PA Public Utility Commission to waive certain regulations, review regulations every three years, and eliminate those that are no longer necessary. In 2019, the Wolf Administration entered into a $100 million, 20-year contract with an out-of-state company to inventory state-owned assets to expand broadband to unserved and underserved areas. The contract sends all revenue generated from leasing state-owned assets to various carriers into the state’s General Fund. Senate Bill 442 would pull the revenue into a restricted account with the specific purpose of expanding access to high-speed broadband. It would also require state agencies to conduct an inventory of all state-owned assets to help with further deployment. Both bills move to the state House.