Leaders focus on bringing greater broadband access
We've mentioned before that West Virginia seems to be lacking when it comes to broadband internet access. A Federal Communications Commission study released last month showed that 46 percent of West Virginia residents do not have access to broadband Internet service. A panel discussion during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Business Summit just before the holiday weekend addressed it. Leaders there said the lack of infrastructure presents a problem. It's hard to get high speed access where the wires don't currently exist, and in some cases there is a monopoly with only one provider. Capital and competition are two things that will get the focus as leaders try to increase broadband access.