Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission plans regional approach to broadband improvements

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is teaming with Carnegie Mellon University, Allies for Children and others to take a regional approach to improving broadband service in the 10-county area in an effort to take best advantage of $65 billion in recently approved federal infrastructure funds…

Through funding from the Hillman Family Foundations, the group has held a series of meetings throughout the region to hear from residents about broadband service and developed a series of maps showing the level of broadband service in each neighborhood.

Carnegie Mellon’s role will be to help develop the technical needs and craft proposed policies for using the federal funds, said Karen Lightman, executive director of the university’s Metro 21: Smart Cities Institute. Funds are expected to pass through the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development.