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WV Broadband Deployment Council Addresses Grant Process

by The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A group tasked with distributing $4.4 million in broadband grant money set aside more than three years ago by the Legislature hopes to start distributing the funds next May.

The West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council expects to draw up emergency rules streamlining the grant application process, then accept applications for the grant funds by next March.

The council has yet to fund a broadband project with the state money and new chairman Dan O'Hanlon says the group must make the program a priority.

O'Hanlon is a former Cabell County judge who joined the council last month.  He said Wednesday the council still needs additional data detailing statewide broadband access before grant applications can be accepted.

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