Media Advisory – Senate Communications and Technology Committee to hold public roundtable to review efforts to close digital divide, discuss next steps


The Senate Communications and Technology Committee will hold a public roundtable with key stakeholders to discuss legislative efforts to close the digital divide and next steps to address the issue next session. The roundtable will focus on federal, state and local responses to the challenges of high-speed internet connectivity in the Commonwealth.


Members of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee

Confirmed Participants:

  • Congressman Scott Perry
  • Sheri Collins, Sr. Director, Office of Corporate Relations, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
  • Steve Samara, President, Pennsylvania Telephone Association
  • Frank Buzydlowski, Esq. Director of Government Relations, Verizon
  • Dave Kerr, President of External Affairs, AT&T Pennsylvania
  • Brian Barno, Vice President, Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Celeste Schwartz, Vice President for Information Technology, Montgomery County Community College
  • Melissa Shafer, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations & Community Affairs, St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • Dave Lohr, Fayette County Commissioner
  • Sam Josuweit, Chief Information Technology Officer, Bloomsburg University
  • Bill Balint, Chief Information Technology Officer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Wayne Campbell, Pennsylvania Grange
  • Darrin Youker, Director, State Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
  • Matthew Leonard, Esq., Manager of State Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association
  • Superintendent McMahon-Vargas, Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools
  • Al Motley Jr., TECHADEMICS
  • Tomea Sippio-Smith, Public Citizens for Children and Youth

More information can be found on the committee’s website.  


Hearing Room No. 1, North Office Building

State Capitol

Harrisburg, PA 17120

Livestream can be found here:


Tuesday, October 20 at 9 a.m.

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