West Virginia's Broadband Woes: The State's Failed Efforts to Enter the Twenty-First Century
45 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2008
Date Written: July 30, 2008
West Virginia needs to improve its broadband infrastructure if it is to move into the new economy. The state's government and private sector have recognized the issues surrounding broadband internet access in West Virginia. However, the state has failed to make significant progress towards improving broadband access. The Legislature has attempted to take action, but one attempt died in committee, and another was killed by the Governor's veto pen. As a result, local governments have begun their own efforts towards expanding broadband, which is questionable under existing law. In order for these types of local projects to become more prevalent and successful it is necessary for the Legislature to enact comprehensive legislation that will grease the wheels of progress.
Keywords: Broadband, West Virginia, Internet, Economic Development, Infastructure, Legislation, Bandwidth
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