A recent study showed that 74% of rural Americans in West Virginia don't have access to adaquate broadband and U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) isn't happy about it.
Dubbed the "Capito Connect Plan" the proposal is set to "bring affordable, high-speed Internet access to every home, business and classroom in West Virginia." The three parts of the plan include listening, collaborating and innovation. The listeing piece has already begin with Capito asking residents to submit comments or write to her office sharing their broadband stories. Something we've seen in other states as a means to generate support, like New York's #Broadband4All campaign launched due to a high number of residents lacking broadband there as well. It's also not clear how this fits in with Connect America's $1.7B funding for rural broadband that was recently announced.
In the end, it's great to see Senators and other government officials getting involved with bringing broadband to rural areas. We continue to support the effort by specializing in the engineering, installation, and management of wireless infrastructure for these unique rural areas.