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Area officials will visit Charleston this week in hopes of drawing attention to the need for broadband service.
Representatives from Brooke and Hancock counties are presenting a proposal to use COVID funds to boost broadband service for the region.
Broadband Internet today is just as important as any other public service. We use and need it just as we use and need electricity in our daily lives. Unfortunately, it is not always as available as we would like it to be, and that creates a barrier when it comes to running businesses, working from home or offices, and attracting new businesses to our area. West Virginia has about $ 160 million in federal pandemic relief funds that have been designated for broadband expansion. We don’t know if a plan is in place for these funds, and we know other areas of the state need as much, if not more, than we do.
Our hope, however, is that officials in Charleston do not forget the Northern Panhandle when distributing these funds.