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Justice and West Virginia officials announce new broadband investment


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Construction of a new fiberoptic network is slated to start at the beginning of 2019, connecting Columbus and Ashburn, Va., by crossing the Mountain State, officials announced on Thursday.

The announcement was made by Gov. Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson. Jack Waters, chief technology officer for fiber solutions at Zayo, described the massive project.

“The way we used to do it is we picked where the people lived – the big, big markets – and connect them up,” Waters said. “It turns out that these two end points are actually where the new economy is – where the web scale companies have built data centers and other huge operations in Northern Virginia, and that’s really what we’re connecting via this route.”

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