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Frontier gets $38M for broadband in rural W.Va.

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The region’s five counties will receive more than $4 million to expand and support broadband to reach an estimated 12,000 people.

Frontier Communications accepted $38 million from the Connect America Fund to increase broadband access in rural West Virginia.

 “The Connect America Fund will provide ongoing support for rural broadband in its rural service areas, benefiting its customers and their communities,” said Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. “This is a major step forward in the FCC’s efforts to ensure that all Americans have access to modern broadband and the opportunities it provides, no matter where they live.”

In this region,  Fayette County will receive nearly $1.4 million to support approximately 3,400 homes and business, an FCC press release states. Greenbrier will connect 4,200 homes and business with a $1.8 million grant.

Raleigh County will connect 1,000 homes and businesses with a $388,000 grant, while Summers County’s $1.4 million grant will support 3,000 homes and businesses. Finally, Wyoming County will support 788 homes and business with a $342,000 grant, the release states.

The FCC’s latest broadband Progress report shows nearly one in three rural Americans lack access to fast speed broadband, compared to only one in 100 urban Americans…

 

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