Preliminary Approval Announcement

Line Extension Advancement and Development Program

January 21, 2022

The West Virginia Department of Economic Development has preliminarily selected six applicants to receive an award pursuant to a request for grant funding under the Line Extension Advancement and Development Program. A list of locations is published under Grant Program Information and attached below.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may submit data demonstrating that the ISP currently offers
broadband service at 25/3 Mbps or greater to addresses within the Proposed Project Funded Service Area. Data submitted must meet all the requirements described in the Process for Soliciting Information Regarding Unserved Areas, which the Department published on July 12, 2021. Notwithstanding the response deadline stated in the Process for Soliciting Information Regarding Unserved Areas, ISPs providing data must submit to the Department data related to projects receiving Preliminary Approval Announcement not later than February 4, 2022, at 5PM EST. Based on submitted data, the Department may request that a preliminary awardee submit a revised project removing parts that solely benefit some or all addresses identified as served, the Department may withdraw the preliminary approval, or the Department may allow the preliminary award to proceed without changes. In making its determination, the Department will also consider other data and factors more fully described in the Line Extension Advancement and Development Program Procedures, in the section, “Post-Award Notification Process.”

  • Preliminary Approval Announcement (PDF)
  • Line Extension Advancement and Development Program Procedures (PDF)
  • Process for Soliciting Information Regarding Unserved Areas (PDF)
    • Response Template (XLSX)