HARRISBURG – The PA House Consumer Affairs Committee advanced legislation that would address major challenges with expanding access to high-speed internet in unserved and underserved areas in the Commonwealth. Under Senate Bill 442, sponsored by York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, the Department of General Services would be required to conduct a wide-ranging inventory of all state-owned properties for the use of deploying high-speed internet. The bill would also require all revenue from a massive contract to aid in expanding access to high-speed internet. It would also encourage counties to conduct their own inventory but would not mandate them to do so. The bill moves to the state House for consideration.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL