High Speed Internet

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, debates nationally and globally rage on about high-speed data coverage and which country will control it, while in West Virginia, many residents are still looking for any reliable connection at all. We hear how that affects schools and communities.

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The new chairman of a governor-appointed panel says gigabit internet service needs to be available throughout West Virginia in order to prevent the state from falling behind.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council Chairman Rob Hinton said Tuesday that reaching the 1-gigabit level should be the panel's prime focus.

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AARP and Generation West Virginia co-hosted a press conference at the capitol Tuesday focused on the future of broadband in the state.

AARP is a group that represents retired West Virginians and Generation West Virginia is a group aimed at getting young people engaged in West Virginia’s future.

 The House of Delegates is reviewing legislation that would require Internet providers to offer download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second to promote their broadband service as "high speed," according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. 

Many rural West Virginians don't have Internet speeds anywhere near that. Customers with slow service can't use TV- and movie-streaming services.