Efforts continue to expand broadband and internet access throughout the state of West Virginia, which has some of the worst coverage in the nation.
The West Virginia Broadcasters Association met in Charleston on Friday, and members were given an update by Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
Right now West Virginia ranks 43rd in the nation in terms of the states with the worst internet availability.
The federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C. is studying how to divide almost $4 billion to states such as West Virginia with poor broadband access.
“Broadband high-speed is tremendously needed,” said Senator Manchin (D-West Virginia). “We have over 18 to 20 percent of West Virginians not connected whatsoever.”
“I’m working everyday on this in a bipartisan way,” said Senator Capito (R-West Virginia). “It’s essential for our economy, our health care, our education. All of the things that are in a new economy.”
The FCC will decide in late November how much rural states will receive to upgrade broadband and internet access.
As it stands right now, companies serving West Virginia could get multi-million dollars grants to expand service here.