HARRISBURG – The PA House has approved a bill establishing a governmental body that will develop a statewide plan for broadband internet funding and expansion into unserved and underserved areas of the state. House Bill 2071 would set up the independent PA Broadband Development Authority to act as a central point to coordinate grant money in underserved areas. PA is in line for at least $100 million in federal money to expand broadband in the state. The authority that would be set up under the House-passed bill would consist of an 11-member board. Supporters say high-speed internet access is vital to educate our children, help farmers and business owners stay competitive, and give doctors and patients another tool to stay healthy. The measure now goes to the state Senate.