HARRISBURG – Legislation providing for major broadband expansion in PA has been signed into law by the governor. House Bill 2071, now Act 96 of 2021, establishes the PA Broadband Development Authority to coordinate and facilitate funds anticipated through a federal infrastructure bill recently approved by Congress. The Commonwealth is expected to receive at least $100 million initially with the potential to obtain more after the authority develops a statewide plan for broadband expansion. The authority would serve as a single point of contact for parties interested in developing broadband or having broadband developed, helping to minimize duplication, and maximize the use of existing infrastructure. The authority would also be charged with identifying access to funding sources and help coordinate joint efforts for broadband buildout. The authority will dissolve in 10 years or when all available federal funds have been exhausted. The law goes into effect immediately.