Opinion

Broadband service remains urgent need in WV

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers heard plenty on Thursday about how the state’s poor broadband infrastructure and slow Internet speeds pose a host of problems for people in the state, whether they are students, medical personnel who need to move large amounts of data or businesses hoping to conduct operations more efficiently and effectively.

The frustration is understandable.

For example, Rob Hinton, executive director of the Upshur County Development Authority, said at Thursday’s forum hosted by the legislature that more than 1.1 million people in the Mountain State don’t have access to broadband Internet service as defined by the Federal Communications Commission. That is more than 60 percent of the state’s population.

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