Paying a visit to Dover Area High School, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf called for statewide broadband access, reports WFMZ-TV. Touting his “Restore Pennsylvania” initiative, Wolf said, “For Pennsylvania to succeed we must close the digital divide to ensure every citizen has the access it needs to connect to the ever-expanding digital world in which we live and work.”
The Restore Pennsylvania overview seeks to address infrastructure concerns including high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery.
The plan would also examine downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects.
Democrat Wolf intends to fund the improvements with the monetization of a severance tax and anticipates the realization of a 4.5 billion dollar investment over the next four years. The fund would be directed to local needs as determined by local input.
Citing the educational advantages of expanded broadband access, Wolf told the high school audience, “Our students, parents, and our teachers deserve better, and we can provide that through Restore Pennsylvania.” Superintendent Tracy Krum responded, “We applaud Governor Wolf and his foresight to understand that high speed internet for all Pennsylvanians is truly a game changer for families across the state. And, definitely in Dover.”
February 12, 2019