News

Apr
19

Governor Jim Justice has announced Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds dedicated to broadband development projects throughout the state.

Governor Jim Justice has announced Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds dedicated to broadband development projects throughout the state. More...
Mar
04

Governor Jim Justice announces collaboration with Facebook

Governor Jim Justice announced plans for a major broadband infrastructure project in West Virginia through a collaboration with Facebook. This...
Feb
25

West Virginia chosen to partner in national broadband mapping initiative 

West Virginia is one of eight states selected by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to partner in...
Feb
21

The WVBEC sponsored its second ReConnect Program funding workshop February 20

The West Virginia Broadband Council sponsored its second ReConnect Program funding workshop February 20 in Buckhannon for public officials, community...
Feb
12

USDA Releases free e-Connectivity Toolkit

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a new toolkit to support the deployment of high-speed broadband in...
Feb
06

USDA Extends Deadlines for ReConnect Rural Broadband Program

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture Bette Brand, Acting Administrator for USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, announced February 6, 2019 that...
Jan
23
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Broadband Council Maintains Presence at Capitol During Legislative Session

The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council continues to maintain a presence at the Capitol during the current Legislative session to...
Jan
14

ReConnect Workshop Held At Capitol

The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council and the West Virginia Department of Commerce sponsored a “ReConnect Program” workshop at the...
Jan
08
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ARC publishes RFP for grant applications for its Fiscal Year 2019 “POWER FY19 Initiative”

The Appalachian Regional Commission has published its Request for Proposals to for grant applications for its Fiscal Year 2019 “Partnerships...
Jan
03
2018 Legislative Report

The West Virginia Broadband Council's 2018 Legislative Report

The West Virginia Broadband Council's 2018 Legislative Report has been posted to the West Virginia Legislative website. Per state Code...
Dec
17
The USDA is offering up to $600 million to build broadband infrastructure in rural America.

The USDA is offering up to $600 million to build broadband infrastructure in rural America.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a new funding program that allocates up to $600 million in loans...
Dec
06
FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau met with West Virginia residents during its “FCC Appalachian Rural Tour”

FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau met with West Virginia residents during its “FCC Appalachian Rural Tour”

Officials from the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau met with West Virginia residents during its “FCC Appalachian...
Nov
29
FCC representatives will conduct “Ask The FCC” forums to give citizens and opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns

FCC representatives will conduct “Ask The FCC” forums to give citizens and opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns

Federal Communication Commission representatives will conduct “Ask The FCC” forums to give citizens and opportunity to ask questions and voice...
Nov
01
The WV Broadband Enhancement Council welcomes exciting news from the Zayo Group!

The WV Broadband Enhancement Council welcomes exciting news from the Zayo Group!

The WV Broadband Enhancement Council welcomes exciting news from the Zayo Group! Jack Waters, Zayo Chief Technology Officer and WVU...
Oct
31
Council Member Featured For “Quiet” Work

Council Member Featured For “Quiet” Work

West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council member Mike Holstine was profiled for his role in managing the “radio quiet skies” in...
Oct
25
WVDOH Posts “Dig Once” Policy Guide

WVDOH Posts “Dig Once” Policy Guide

The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) has issued guidance to implementing the State’s Dig Once Policy Act. The policy...
Oct
25
Council Releases “Analysis of State Right-of-Way Report”

Council Releases “Analysis of State Right-of-Way Report”

The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council released at its October meeting an "Analysis of State Right-of-Way (ROW) Policy and Fees"...
Oct
18
WVGES Office Receives ARC Grant For Broadband Website Hub

WVGES Office Receives ARC Grant For Broadband Website Hub

The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced that the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey office is a recipient of a...
Oct
17
WV Secretary of State Offers Mobile Voting App

WV Secretary of State Offers Mobile Voting App

West Virginia Secretary of State officials have announce a mobile app that will allow West Virginia residents stationed or living...
Oct
17
Broadband Focus of WVU Law Clinic Workshop

Broadband Focus of WVU Law Clinic Workshop

“Planning to Increase Broadband and Telecommunications Capacity” was a topic during the daylong County Mountain State Land Use Academy sponsored...
Oct
02
U.S. Census Bureau Seeks Digital Workforce

U.S. Census Bureau Seeks Digital Workforce

Reliable internet broadband connectivity and a skilled digital workforce will be essential for West Virginia in the 2020 U.S...
Sep
19
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Governor Announces Favorable Broadband Expansion Permit Policy

Gov. Jim Justice announced September 17, 2018, that the Federal Highway Administration has verified that federal law allows the West...
Sep
04
2018 WV Brownfields Conference

Rural Connectivity To Be Discussed At Brownfield Conference

Join broadband industry experts as they discuss the internet connectivity crisis in rural West Virginia at the 2018 WV Brownfields...
Aug
29
CAF II Auction Awards $12 million for Broadband Development in West Virginia

CAF II Auction Awards $12 million for Broadband Development in West Virginia

Nearly 8,000 rural locations in West Virginia have been selected to receive broadband access service through the Federal Communications Commission’s...
Aug
24
Workshop Offers Glimpse of $600 Million Federal Broadband Program

Workshop Offers Glimpse of $600 Million Federal Broadband Program

The state USDA Rural Development office, in partnership with the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council, sponsored a Broadband e-Connectivity Workshop...
Aug
10
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The city of Bluefield is moving forward with high-speed broadband in its historic downtown district.

The city of Bluefield is moving forward with high-speed broadband in its historic downtown district. Check it out here.
Aug
10
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The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council welcomes the Microsoft Corp. to West Virginia!

The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council welcomes the Microsoft Corp. to West Virginia! Microsoft announced the selection of Skylark Wireless...
Aug
10

USDA e-Connectivity Pilot Program Workshop August 21 in Fairmont

The West Virginia Broadband Council is pleased to partner with the West Virginia Rural Development Office and the U.S. Department...
Jul
30

Broadband Funding Part Of Local Grant Workshop Sponsored By Congressman Mooney

Broadband funding will be discussed at a Grants Workshop sponsored by Congressman Alex Mooney (R - W.Va.) on August 1...
Jun
27
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‘Grow With Google’ Coming To Charleston

The search engine giant, Google, has announced that its “Grow with Google” is coming to Charleston in July. The Grow...
May
14

Broadband Issues In West Virginia Focus Of June 7 Workshop

Microsoft Corporation, the Brookings Institution and Create West Virginia are sponsoring a half-day discussion centered on broadband issues and solutions...
May
14

Workshop to Offer Guidance To Challenging FCC Mapping Data

The Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force (RBATF) is giving the public an opportunity to comment on the FCC’s broadband assessment...
Apr
26

Mountain State Land Use Academy To Host Conference

The WVU The Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic has scheduled its annual Mountain State Land Use Academy for...
Apr
26

USDA Accepting Broadband Development Applications

The Rural Utility Services (RUS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office, will accept broadband development...
Apr
17
ARC Meeting in Charleston WV

Grant Funding Opportunities Remain Available

Federal grant funding opportunities for broadband development remain available for West Virginia communities. The Rural Utility Services (RUS), an agency...
Feb
05
CDBG Awards Ceremony

Governor Justice Presents Community Development Block Grants for 2017 Projects

Governor Jim Justice released today more then $12 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds dedicated to infrastructure projects...
Jan
08
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Hampshire County Completes Fiber Installation Project

The Hampshire County Development Authority and the Hampshire County Broadband Initiative Council recently announced the construction of a fiber optic...
Dec
02
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Twenty-Seven West Virginia Counties Apply for Broadband Funding

In June 2017, the Council coordinated the implementation new grant programs for broadband development in cooperation with the West Virginia...
Oct
18

WVBEC Accepting Information from Broadband and Internet Providers for its Resource Directory

The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council is creating a resource directory of broadband and internet service providers and related companies.
Sep
07
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West Virginia Broadband Infrastructure Loan Insurance Program

The West Virginia Broadband Infrastructure Loan Insurance Program has been developed to expand, enhance and make generally available broadband service...
Aug
11

ARC Broadband Funding Initiative Announced

The West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) is developing an application process for $3.2 million in grant funding through the Appalachian...