Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV)
October 19, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invested $7.6 million to provide broadband service to Barbour, Randolph, Webster and Doddridge Counties. The funding is allocated by Congress through the ReConnect Program.
Citynet, LLC will use the grant to utilize a fiber-to-the-premises network, that will connect 6,054 people, 58 farms, 41 businesses, three fire stations, two public schools and two post offices to high-speed broadband internet.
“As we work to revitalize our state, we must build up our broadband capabilities and infrastructure,” said Congresswoman Miller. “This project will be crucial to connecting our rural communities, providing opportunities for new business investments, and modernizing West Virginia as we move further into the 21st century. I am grateful to the Trump Administration and Secretary Perdue for investing in our region and making our state and even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”
“So many rural communities across West Virginia and across the nation need this critical infrastructure to prosper,” USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Jim Hubbard said. “This funding will allow for economic expansion, opportunity, and increased quality of life in these rural communities. I appreciate the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Perdue in prioritizing this critical initiative for rural communities across the country.”
In March 2018, Congress allocated $600 million to the USDA to expand access to broadband in rural America. This first round of ReConnect funding invested $698 million for broadband nationwide. Through the CARES Act, Congress allocated a second round of funding. Today’s announcement is part of a $550 million investment nationwide.