LEMOYNE, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday the establishment of the Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Incentive Program to utilize $35 million of PennDOT’s infrastructure money to upgrade and expand Broadband capacity along roadways, right of ways, intersections and furthering connections between all of PennDOT’s facilities. One goal is to make highways user-friendly for autonomous vehicles as well as for vehicle to vehicle automatic communication capability.
Pennsylvania State Grange is pleased that Gov. Tom Wolf has made an important first step in the drive to provide Broadband access for rural Pennsylvanians. Starting with PennDOT provides a transportation corridor base which hopefully leads to Broadband reaching homes, businesses and farms throughout rural Pennsylvania.
The hope of the PA State Grange is that PennDOT’s Broadband enhancement will stimulate business technology investment along those roads and highway corridors to eventually reach all parts of the state. We know that PennDOT is preparing a strategic plan to implement the Broadband Investment Incentive Program. The Pennsylvania State Grange respectfully suggests that Route 6 along the Northern Tier should be a top priority because this route is the economic lifeline for that region of the state. Hopefully, it can be a technology lifeline too.
— Pennsylvania State Grange