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Dec 06

WVBEC invites comment on the West Virginia State Broadband Plan 2020-2025

Oct 30

Broadband Feasibility Study Submitted to the WVBEC by Appalachian Power Company and Wheeling Power Company

The Appalachian Power Company, doing business as the American Electric Power Company (AEP), has submitted a feasibility study...
Oct 03

Council Issues Broadband RFI

The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council invites response to an RFI to collect input for the West Virginia Broadband Plan...
Jul 02

ARC Grant Funding for Broadband in WV Now Available

The Appalachian Regional Commission has made 4.2 million in grant funding available for broadband development through the West Virginia ARC...
Jul 02

Deadline to participate in ReConnect Program approaches

The deadline to participate in the inaugural ReConnect Pilot Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development...
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

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 ARC publishes RFP for grant applications for its Fiscal Year 2019 “POWER FY19 Initiative”

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 The West Virginia Broadband Council’s 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 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”

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

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! Jack Waters, Zayo Chief Technology Officer and WVU...
Oct 31

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

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 25

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 18

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

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 17

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 02

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 Governor Announces Favorable Broadband Expansion Permit Policy

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 Rural Connectivity To Be Discussed At Brownfield 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

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

The state USDA Rural Development office, in partnership with the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council, sponsored a Broadband e-Connectivity Workshop...
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...
Aug 10 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!

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

The city of Bluefield is moving forward with high-speed broadband in its historic downtown district. Check it out here.
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

‘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

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...
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...
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 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 17

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 Governor Justice Presents Community Development Block Grants for 2017 Projects

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 Hampshire County Completes Fiber Installation Project

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 Twenty-Seven West Virginia Counties Apply for Broadband Funding

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

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

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...
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