Reliable High-Speed Internet Still A Struggle In W.Va., Legislature Hopes To Tackle Issue


On this West Virginia Morning, debates nationally and globally rage on about high-speed data coverage and which country will control it, while in West Virginia, many residents are still looking for any reliable connection at all. We hear how that affects schools and communities.

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Last week, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 4015. The bill would enhance and expand broadband access throughout West Virginia. Recently, Emily Allen visited Calhoun County to learn how student achievement is impacted with – and without – broadband access.

That story originally aired in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s weeknight program, “The Legislature Today” – your source for daily legislative news and information.

Later in that program, Emily sat down with two state lawmakers who are involved in broadband, technology and infrastructure expansion in the state.

She spoke with Del. Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, Vice Chairman of the House Technology and Infrastructure Committee, and Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, member of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Both are members of the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council. Here’s an excerpt from their interview, taped live at the Capitol.

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