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Funding from American Rescue Plan will provide affordable, high-speed internet access to more than 40,000 homes and businesses

Since 2021, Casey has delivered more than $2 billion in funding to expand internet access in the Commonwealth

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority has approved $204.1 million in grant awards to expand high-speed internet access in currently underserved areas across Pennsylvania. Senator Casey secured this funding in April 2023 from the Capitol Projects Fund established under the American Rescue Plan. It will be matched by more than $200 million in private investment, bringing this total investment for Pennsylvania broadband projects to more than $400 million, which will provide affordable internet access for more than 40,000 homes and businesses.

“Too many Pennsylvanians don’t have the high-speed internet they need to do their homework, support their small business, or stay connected with loved ones. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, we’re changing that,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). “This funding will help close the digital divide in Pennsylvania communities that need it most, rural and urban areas alike.”

Senator Casey has consistently fought to close the digital divide and make sure that every single Pennsylvanian has high-speed internet access in their home. During the Biden administration, Casey has delivered more than $2 billion to Pennsylvania for high-speed internet. That includes $1.16 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to bring high-speed internet to high-cost, unserved and underserved communities, over $430 million through the Affordable Connectivity Program, and $20 million specifically for the Southern Alleghenies region.

In total, the Capital Projects Fund, established under the American Rescue Plan provided nearly $265 million to Pennsylvania for reliable, affordable broadband infrastructure. These programs are helping to deploy high-speed internet to those without access, lower costs for those who cannot afford it, and ensure that businesses stay competitive in a changing economy.