By TAYLOR STUCK
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that aims to expand internet access across the state and pave the way for new technologies passed the House of Delegates on Monday.
“This bill is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Del. Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, and lead sponsor of the bill. “When all put together, we have the potential to change the way West Virginia operates, the way West Virginia educates its children, the way West Virginia does business.”
The Broadband Expansion Act of 2019 empowers electric companies to conduct feasibility studies to install broadband fibers to lease to internet providers and permits the construction of small wireless facilities to enable 5G service in the state, among other provisions aimed at promoting the spread of internet availability.
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