A settlement with Frontier Commonwealth has been approved to the next step by judges on the case.

The broadband internet service company was sued last year by Pennsylvania's Office of Consumer Advocates. A settlement was negotiated and went up for public comment in December.

Tuesday of this week, two administrative judges approved the settlement to go forward.

Thousands of citizens in rural Pennsylvania have dealt with poor quality service for years.

With the settlement, Frontier Commonwealth will have to invest $100 million dollars into region specific infrastructure, among other conditions.

"The goal is not to beat up on a private owned company,” said Rep. Clint Owlett (R-68). "The goal is to get better service, they are required to provide a service, and the goal is to make that better, and that's hopefully what the settlement will do."

Both parties will have 20 days to respond to the approval. If this moves forward, residents can be on the look out for projects to improve internet in the next year.