By Jess Mancini, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The governor unveiled Friday a new $1 billion plan to upgrade and expand broadband internet in West Virginia.
“Today is a monumental day beyond belief,” Gov. Jim Justice said.
The initiative will accelerate the expansion of broadband, critical for the economic development of the state in the 21st century, to 200,000 homes in under-served areas of West Virginia, Justice said.
Funding will be combined from federal, state and local government sources and private-sector sources.
The plan, which Justice said will be the largest broadband investment in the history of West Virginia, will combine $236 million in the state broadband program with $362 million from the Federal Communications Commission funding and $120 million state and federal sources for a total of $718 million in funding expected by fall 2022…