Senate committee to explore lack of access to high-speed internet during public hearing at Monroe Co. Safety Center on Sept. 3

STROUDSBURG – As part of an ongoing series of public hearings across the state, the Senate Communications and Technology Committee will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, September 3 to receive testimony on how limited access to high-speed internet is affecting local emergency responders and the medical community.

The hearing is being held at the request of Senator Mario Scavello (R-Monroe/Northampton).

“I am thrilled the Senate Communications and Technology Committee is coming to the 40th Senatorial District to host a public hearing on broadband,” Scavello said. “As a Senator representing rural communities, lack of broadband access limits online educational, business and entrepreneurial opportunities for my constituents. In some cases, greater broadband access may give commuters in my district better quality of life with the opportunity to work from home.”

The committee, chaired by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), is conducting a series of hearings across the state to receive feedback from experts in a variety of fields on how limited access to high-speed internet affects different industries and public services across the state.

“We already heard how our economic competitiveness is hampered by lack of broadband connection as well as overarching concerns from local governments at our first hearing,” Phillips-Hill said. “I am grateful that Senator Scavello requested this important public hearing to learn more about our state’s digital divide and its impact on our first responders and medical professionals.”

The public hearing will start at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Monroe County Safety Center, located at 100 Gypsum Road in Stroudsburg.

You can learn more about the public hearing, view the agenda and read testimony at communications.pasenategop.com.

Contacts:

Kristine Bush (Scavello)
570.620.4326

Jon Hopcraft (Phillips-Hill)
717.787.7085