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State Broadband Plan Approved 

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West Virginia has taken another step to improving broadband access for all. 

West Virginia is one of four states, as well as Puerto Rico, to have its Digital Equity Plan accepted by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Acceptance of the plan will allow the states to access the $1.44 billion Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program when it launches in the coming months. 

According to the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council, more than a third of all West Virginians do not have access to high-speed internet, and many of those with access cannot afford the price of a connection or face other barriers to effectively use the internet.

The Digital Equity Plan proposes to realize affordable connectivity for all West Virginians, secure device access and affordability as well as improve the population’s digital skills.