With West Virginia being one of the most rural areas of the country, not every community has access to broadband Internet.
In today’s day in age, the Internet is becoming more available to anyone including students. Many schools are now giving out tablets and laptops for students to take home and work on their schoolwork. However, not every student’s home has broadband Internet.
So, that’s why U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R) has been hard at work adding more broadband Internet to communities all across the Mountain State.
“With this USDA program, we’re hoping to bring rural America in, and close that digital divide between urban and rural America in terms of connectivity,” said Capito.
The program is worth over $600 million of grants and loans. Capito says she encourages any one with limited or no broadband service to contact her office.
Patrick Riddle, the Technology Coordinator for Ohio County Schools, says that this is not only allows students the access to Internet but builds their communication skills as well.
“It really levels the playing field,” said Riddle. “Broadband access for children is access to information at this point. Students are taking devices home from us and certain groups and probably some more next year. With them being able to connect to the Internet and reach out to find information is huge.”
Riddle says that he teaches his students that the Internet is meant to be used more as a tool for productivity rather than entertainment.