Major Funding for Fiber Optics Upgrade in West Virginia

Feb 20, 2024 | Industry Insights

Fiber Optics Upgrade in West Virginia: A Technological Leap Forward

In a landmark move to bridge the digital divide, Governor Justice recently unveiled a substantial allocation of funds aimed at bolstering broadband infrastructure across West Virginia. Through the Line Extension Advancement and Development (LEAD) program, nearly $33 million has been provisionally approved for ten projects, marking a significant milestone in the state’s ongoing efforts to ensure universal access to reliable high-speed internet.

Empowering Communities through Connectivity

These investments are not merely about upgrading infrastructure; they represent a profound commitment to the future well-being and prosperity of West Virginians. By targeting underserved areas in nine counties, these initiatives promise to enhance access to essential online services, educational resources, and economic opportunities.

Internet Service Providers Leading the Charge

Four prominent internet service providers (ISPs) have been entrusted with the task of deploying approximately 660 miles of new infrastructure, connecting over 5,200 previously unserved or underserved locations. From fiber projects in Wayne, Putnam, and Cabell counties led by Armstrong Telecommunications, Inc., to initiatives in Wetzel, Ohio, and Marshall counties spearheaded by Citynet, LLC, these endeavors epitomize the collaborative spirit driving West Virginia’s broadband expansion.

Government and Private Sector Collaboration

The funding for these projects is derived from a combination of sources, including the West Virginia Legislature’s allocation of $100 million for the West Virginia Broadband Development Fund. Leveraging funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and state general revenue, these investments underscore the collective commitment to closing the digital gap.

Project Highlights

Each project under the LEAD program is meticulously planned to address specific connectivity challenges within its designated area. From Armstrong Telecommunications, Inc.’s efforts to expand broadband access in Wayne, Putnam, and Cabell counties, to Comcast Cable Communications, LLC’s initiatives in Mineral County, each endeavor is tailored to meet the unique needs of its respective communities.

Ensuring Transparent and Inclusive Implementation

The West Virginia Department of Economic Development, Office of Broadband, will oversee the administration of program funds, ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the process. ISPs will have the opportunity to submit data demonstrating broadband service coverage within proposed project areas, fostering a collaborative approach to expansion efforts.

Looking Ahead: A Connected Future

As West Virginia moves forward with its broadband expansion initiatives, the overarching goal remains clear: to create a more connected, equitable, and resilient future for all residents. By leveraging the power of technology and collaboration, the state is poised to unlock new opportunities and drive sustainable growth across its diverse communities.

Contact Us for More Information

To learn more about how Elevation Advancements is contributing to and supporting the broadband expansion efforts in West Virginia, visit our Telecommunications page. Additionally, if you’re interested in obtaining certifications such as our FOA-approved Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) or Certified Fiber Optic Splicing Specialist (CFOS/S), explore our Fiber Optic course page. Together, let’s build a brighter, more connected future for West Virginia.

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