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 its broadband mapping initiative. This initiative is intended to develop ways to improve the accuracy of broadband mapping across the country. The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council's Speed Test and mapping efforts, coupled with its constant engagement with NTIA on this subject, led NTIA to choose West Virginia as a partner. NTIA’s proposed collection of data is an essential step to improve local, state and federal initiatives that aim to expand broadband service in rural areas. The current reporting process is primarily dependent upon the Federal Communications Commissions's Form 477 data reporting. The NTIA partnership with West Virginia and seven other states will demonstrate that current data collection methods can be improved and an essential step to improve local, state and federal initiatives that aim to expand broadband service in rural areas. Read the NTIA press release here.