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Broadband panel eyes access to rural areas

By Pamela Pritt, The Register Herald

The West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council met far outside its typical Charleston venue Wednesday to hear issues about Internet speeds in some of the state’s most rural regions.

During the business portion of the meeting, held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, council members voted to put the remaining funds from the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) toward completing a middle mile network in southern Randolph and northern Pocahontas counties on a 3-2 vote.

Jim Martin, the CEO of CityNet, the company which recently received a grant from the council to put broadband at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, made the motion for the move which would connect Valley Head to Mill Creek in Randolph County, Snowshoe to Cass and Durbin to Green Bank in Pocahontas County.

About $690,000 remains of the $11 billion federal grant, $7 billion of which was spent for infrastructure, $4 billion for the middle mile and $3 billion for the last mile.

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