Pennsylvania State With Explicit Roadblocks

  • Pennsylvania State With Explicit Roadblocks

    Posted by Michael on August 11, 2021 at 7:03 am


    66 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 3014(h)66 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 3014(h)

    Pennsylvania state law prohibits municipalities from providing broadband service to residents for a fee, unless no such services are provided by private telecom companies and no private telecom companies are willing to provide such services within 14 months of being requested to do so. The law further stipulates that data speed should be the only consideration in determining whether private industry is serving residents — excluding crucial aspects of retail broadband service such as pricing, coverage areas, and quality of service.

    In 2004, the state public utility statutes were amended to include broadband service regulations.

    At the time, Philadelphia became one of the first cities to announce the intent to build and operate a Wi-Fi broadband network and offer broadband service to residents. Under the Wireless Philadelphia initiative, the city released a request for proposals (RFP) for private ISPs to help build out the broadband infrastructure and offer retail services to residents. Telecom providers Verizon and Comcast — neither of which had bid on the project — led a PR campaign against the project, while local politicians sought to cap the city’s involvement in the project. State lawmakers, meanwhile, passed HB 30, a bill that forced municipalities to ask private companies to provide service before building out public broadband networks. Philadelphia partnered with Earthlink to build Wireless Philadelphia, but in 2010, the city bought the assets back, in order to use the broadband network for government work only.

    In 2019, the state legislature considered a variety of measures aimed at addressing broadband access gaps in the state, but none made it into law.

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