PARSONS, W.Va. – The Tucker County Developmental Authority hosted a public meeting Wednesday for residents to learn about efforts being made to bring broadband, high-speed internet services to the area.
The authority is currently applying for a grant through the “Rural Developmental Broadband ReConnect Program,” to give those in rural areas access to high-speed internet. This is a new pilot program that offers federal funding to areas that don’t normally receive broadband coverage.
“Our internet services are so slow, this would be a great improvement to our residents as well as businesses. We’re so far behind it’s just so necessary,” said Lowell Moore, President of Tucker County Commission.
Those in attendance voiced their concerns about the range of coverage said to be offered with the new company, MicroLogic, who will offer the broadband service.
“My wife works for West Virginia University and she works from a home office when she’s not on the road and she has to conduct webinars and all kinds of other things for her job and we just don’t have the kind of service that we need,” said Tucker County resident, Jim Baczuk
Once the grant is approved, MicroLogic will have five years to complete the project.