Broadband service reports could mean the end of funding for many counties

Randolph

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its annual report claiming seven counties within West Virginia are receiving 100 percent fixed broadband service.  

Barbour, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Randolph and Upshur were reported as having full fixed broadband coverage by findings reported by information from Form 477.  

Randolph County Development Authority Executive Director Robbie Morris said this is a misrepresentation that could mean no additional funding for broadband expansion within the state.

“It’s possible but it becomes extremely difficult to convince other funders.  We have to go through a whole process of proving and showing that no, it really doesn’t cover these areas.  It should be deemed eligible.  It is already a very competitive grant process which just makes it that much more difficult,” said Morris.

Morris said the findings collected were flawed and were not an accurate representation of the broadband service available.  Officials hope something can be done to change the way information is collected in the future.  

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