October 14, 2010-Harrisburg, PA-A video seminar was conducted from the Keystone Building located on the State Capitol Complex today regarding the implementation of a broadband communication system to be located in northern Pennsylvania.
An audience was comprised of PA County Managers, state officials and others having vested interested in the outcome of a successful broadband communication system. The seminar was moderated by Ardee Burno of the Empowered Municipalities Network. A balanced report was presented by state officials and oratory.
Mr. Luc Miron of the Commonwealth of PA, Office of Administration presented insight full information regarding the project and the status of the 2.8mil grant to the Commonwealth from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The award was granted to develop the middle mile broadband infrastructure in northern PA. Mr. Miron conveyed the states Broadband Plan issued in 2009 and an objective to administer broadband technology governance leadership to all agencies with broadband interests. He emphasized the development of broadband towers to facilitate communication networks. He said that the grant precedent would be toward equipment, supplies and planning to benefit 32 counties north of Interstate 80.
Miron said that low profile towers are included in the plan for remote and rural areas to have immediate access to communicate in broader capacities Miron categorized the state middle mile project as a resource to bridge PA’s digital divide. He sited benefits to include improved communications in the northern PA region for economic impacts for business, health care, education, more attractive business interests, collaborations and partnerships.
Sue Suleski from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Technology Investment Office presented viewers a recipe for success. She shared the vast uses and improvements to be garnered with the influx of the middle mile broadband project. She conveyed her agency’s responsibility for managing the ARRA –funded State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) Program. Ms. Suleski shared plans to implement broadband outreach programs.
Mr. Thomas Nehilla, Esq.of Rhoads and Sinon addressed the viewers with considerations of legal consciousness when planning broadband developments. He shared information encouraging broadband planners to minimize gaps and delays with projects by researching local ordinances and at local government levels. He shared dynamics for broadband planners to negotiate proper variances and gain permits and special permission at local levels to conduct projects for constructing communication towers. Thomas provided viewers with information and considerations regarding local taxation, land rental and access roads, and research to avoid impacts with the impending Marcellus Shell project.
By Burnell Smith