Outdated telco regulations trimmed in Phillips-Hill legislation cleared by Senate Committee

Legislation that would eliminate outdated regulations for landline phone carriers that have been on the books for decades cleared the Senate Communications and Technology Committee this week in a victory for speedier broadband deployment. The legislation, SB 85, sponsored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), would strike regulations enacted in an era when the incumbent phone […]

Passage of bipartisan legislation in Congress desperately needed to keep Affordable Connectivity Fund afloat

Unless Congress acts soon, a federal program that connects low-income Americans to the internet, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), will run out of money, and the fallout will not only impact millions of low-income internet users but the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that provide them service. Bipartisan legislation, the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act, that […]

Legislation requiring FCC broadband speeds counter-productive, and unnecessarily punitive

Legislation recently introduced in Harrisburg requiring regulated rural phone carriers, the RLECs, to provide certain minimum broadband speeds punishes the very companies that are already bring increasingly higher speeds to rural areas. Under HB 333, the rural carriers (members of the Pennsylvania Telephone Association, PTA), would be required upon customer request to offer speeds of […]

Broadband regulations modernized under legislation, SB 85, introduced by state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York)

State Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) has re-introduced legislation, SB 85. that will modernize and streamline telecom regulations in Pennsylvania. Hill, Senate Majority Caucus Chair and vice-chair of the Communications & Technology Committee, introduced the legislation last session as SB 341. In her co-sponsorship memo, Hill said that the legislation is “long overdue, and is a […]

PTA President cautions against squandering federal broadband dollars

One of the biggest concerns of the rural telephone industry over the upcoming disbursement of millions in federal broadband dollars is the prospect of squandering the money on unnecessary or unsustainable projects, President of the Pennsylvania Telephone Association (PTA), Steve Samara, told the Board of Directors of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. “Don’t repeat the […]