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West Virginia Officials Celebrate $1.2B for Broadband Efforts

Sen Shelley Moore Capito and Gov. Jim Justice joined with National Telecommunications and Information Administration Administrator Alan Davidson on Friday to celebrate the $1.2 billion coming to West Virginia to extend broadband coverage across the state.

“Today, the Internet’s a necessity not a luxury, ” Davidson said at a press conference in the governor’s office. But millions of homes across the nation — including 271, 624 homes and small businesses in West Virginia — lack access to a high-speed Internet connection. “We finally have the resources to do something about closing that divide.”

The resources come via the $42 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. West Virginia is slated to receive $1.2 billion.

Justice made a point to read the entire number: $1,210,800,969.85.

“We know we were way behind the times, ” he said. Addressing Capito, he said, “We thank you for helping us — bringing us all on board … with the rest of the world.”

Capito said the allotments were based on need and West Virginia’s allotment was 11th highest among the 50 states. “That shows overall we had a problem.”

Source : Govtech