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Federal guidelines, outdated definitions biggest hurdles for broadband expansion, West Virginia leaders say

By Lacie Pierson, Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State leaders are hoping the will of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t turn into a roadblock for expanding access to broadband throughout the country.

Broadband experts from West Virginia, Virginia and Colorado last week said they were eager to begin using money from the federal American Rescue Plan to establish more reliable broadband networks throughout their states, but they worried outdated parameters defining broadband service and how state and local governments could spend the American Rescue Plan money would prevent them from getting the most broadband for their buck.

The broadband experts gathered for a roundtable discussion hosted by Pew Charitable Trust on June 24 titled, “How Will States Spend Federal Broadband Dollars?”

Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, and Delegate Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, spoke on behalf of West Virginia, where the duo have worked to establish surveys and mapping to determine the greatest areas of need for broadband in the state…

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