Poor internet service a deterrent to rural living, survey finds

Internet access in rural Pennsylvania is critically lacking, as I have shown in past artifacts posted here. The rural urban divide in internet access and speeds in Pennsylvania may be the most extreme in the country, with some parts of Pennsylvania not being able to even stream videos.,
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This is the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's website for RGGIRead more

Three FirstEnergy Pennsylvania Utilities Launch Request for Proposal for Solar Energy Credits

FirstEnergy corp has announced its is issuing a "Request for Proposal (RFP) to purchase 137,000 Solar Photovoltaic Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period on behalf of three FirstEnergy Pennsylvania utilities – Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), Pennsylvania...Read more

Wolf vetoes bill that would keep Pennsylvania out of RGGI

This article discusses Governor Wolf vetoing a bill that would prevent Pennsylvania from joining RGGIRead more

Families of Pre-K Students in Philly May Be Eligible for Free High-Speed Internet

PHILconnectED, Philadelphia's free high speed internet program for low-income families with children in remote education has now expanded eligibility to Pre-K students. Previously, the program was eligible only to students in Kindergaden-12th grade.

Internet access is available to those...Read more

Massive Comcast Xfinity outage disconnects TV and internet across the US

Xfinity customers in Philadelphia reported service outages the morning of November 9th, however the outages were not exclusive to Philadelpia. Customers in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, have also reported connectivity problems. “Earlier, some customers experienced intermittent...Read more

Pennsylvania Utility Commission Emergency Order

The order begins by giving some background. On March 6th, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf ordered an emergency declaration set to be active up to 90 days unless renewed. Then, on March 11th, 2020, The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

The declaration then goes on to state:...Read more

New survey designed to see just how connected Philadelphia actually is

This article describes a survey the city of Philadelphia is plannnig to condut on conjunction with Wilco Electronic Systems. The survey is planned to be a phone survey of 2,500 people.

John Horrigan, former research director of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications...Read more

PECO Extending Customer Support to Ensure All Residents Have Safe and Reliable Service During this Critical Time

On March 23rd, 2020, PECO released this press release. In it, they acknowledged that Governor Tom Wolf's order for all non-essential businesses to close will result in more people staying home. They stated that they will be working "with customers who have had their service disconnected to...Read more

Philadelphia School District Moving Forward With Plans To Return Students To Classroom Before Thanksgiving

It seems my field of research (internet insecurity in Philadelphia) has led me down a path of focusing primarily on how schools are reopening.

This article discusses the plans Philadelphia has in order to get students back into school on November 17th, and their recent reaffirmation of...Read more

Proposal to join regional cap-and-trade program draws 13,000 comments

This article discusses the RGGI proposal drawing in 13,000 commentsRead more

Board Approves RGGI Rule, Moving Pa. a Step Closer to Joining Carbon Emissions Program

The Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 Tuesday to adopt the final regulation that would have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program that targets carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector.The new rule is now headed to an independant regulatory...Read more

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