Smart Talk Monday: Expansion of broadband during pandemic; Should students pay full tuition of college courses on line?

With so many Pennsylvanians working from home, students taking their classes on-line and doctors communicating with patients through telemedicine — reliable, broadband internet has taken on more urgency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broadband has become an essential part of the infrastructure during the pandemic, but many areas of Pennsylvania – especially rural, but not limited to rural areas – don’t have access to the speeds and capacities needed.

There is near universal agreement that broadband should be more widely available but the cost has always been a hurdle.

Appearing on Monday’s Smart Talk to discuss the renewed push for broadband are Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene).

Also, there are many college students who don’t think they should have to pay full tuition if their classes are not being conducted in person. We’ll hear from one who started an online petition that is getting a lot of attention. Millersville University senior Michael Kleine appears on Smart Talk.