Snyder appointed chairwoman of PA Broadband Development Authority

Rural lawmaker heads state authority to expand internet access

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today that Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed her as the new chair of the newly established PA Broadband Development Authority.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve as chair and help more Pennsylvanians get online,” said Snyder. “It’s very exciting, the PA Broadband Development Authority will bring internet access to all corners of the commonwealth. The creation of this authority is a huge step forward for rural Pennsylvanians and all who lack high-speed internet in our state.”

In the official appointment letter, Wolf expressed his assurance that Snyder would provide “exemplary leadership” as chair, wishing her great success in the mission to expand broadband access.

As chair, Snyder will play a fundamental role in crafting a statewide broadband plan, as well as distributing state and federal funds allocated for internet expansion in Pennsylvania.

More than $378 million has already been secured for the authority to increase broadband connectivity: $278 million from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund, a federal grant program established through the American Rescue Plan and $100 million from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program, funded by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with the ability to apply for more.

The awarded funds signal a major triumph in Snyder’s relentless battle to improve internet access for her rural constituents, an issue she has been fighting for since her election to the state legislature in 2012.

The PBDA’s next virtual meeting is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 15.