Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04) announced more than $1.16 billion to expand affordable broadband access in Pennsylvania. Through Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Development (BEAD) program will bring high-speed internet to Pennsylvanian communities who need it.

The BEAD program will provide funding for each state, territory and the District of Columbia through a $42.45 billion grant program created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This funding will provide manufacturing jobs and use materials made in the United States.

“The importance of affordable, reliable internet connection cannot be overstated — we depend on broadband access for school, work, finances, healthcare, and so much more,” Rep. Dean said. “I’m thrilled that Pennsylvania will receive more than $1.1 billion through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program. These crucial investments will help more families and communities, especially in rural areas of our Commonwealth like Berks County in my district to stay connected and thrive.”

In addition to the BEAD program, the Biden-Harris administration has already distributed billions of dollars to all states and territories to build out high-speed internet infrastructure through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Learn more about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments transforming Pennsylvania here.

Rep. Madeleine Dean is a mother, grandmother, attorney, professor, former four-term member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and U.S. Representative for the Fourth District of Pennsylvania.