By MAX GARLAND
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state broadband council discussed Thursday melding its own data with federal data to paint a more accurate picture of West Virginia broadband internet access, one month after its chairman blasted numbers in a federal report on broadband for “not even being close to correct.”
Rob Hinton, chair of the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council, floated the idea of combining data from the council’s internet speed test with data in the Federal Communication Commission’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report at the council’s monthly meeting.
“I know there are inaccuracies with the [FCC report’s] data, and there are also myriad inaccuracies with the speed test data,” Hinton said. “Somewhere in the middle, we may end up finding some common ground comparing the two, a more reliable assessment of where broadband service is and where it isn’t.”
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