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State Sen. Eugene Yaw chaired a forum April 5 at the Penn Wells Hotel to hear testimony from broadband company representatives and those needing better services. The forum, held by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, invited state officials and representative to listen and ask questions of those testifying. According to Mark Smith, executive director of the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives, “broadband access is essential to growing the economy, supporting agricultural business, expanding educational opportunities for children, increasing access to modern healthcare, and improving the safety of communities.” More than 800,000 Pennsylvanians still lack access to reliable, high speed internet, of which more than 520,000 live in rural areas, he said. A public-private partnership is needed to achieve this access, Smith said.

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