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Wood County Officials Discuss High-Speed Internet Access

Wood County commissioners, law enforcement and others talked Monday about improving high-speed internet access in the county.

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Bringing high-speed internet to the more remote countryside here at home.

An experimental program could come to Wood County.

Wood County commissioners, law enforcement and others talked Monday about improving high-speed internet access in the county.

West Virginia Network currently has pilot projects in Huntington and Clay-Battelle High School.

The company might launch a program in Wood County which would use whitespace technology to bring internet to rural areas.

It would primarily help schools and law enforcement.

Officials say using whitespace to get internet is a new concept with an unclear future.

"There is a lot of excitement. People want to move forward and just expand, expand, expand and we don't even have it off the ground yet and they want to do more and more places are calling, so there's a lot of excitement," says Andrew Parker, with West Virginia Network. "Everybody across the state that we've talked to sees a lot of potential in this technology and a lot of potential to help the citizens of West Virginia in general."

Parker says the next step is for the county to identify areas without high-speed internet where the pilot program can be launched.

He says costs for launching a pilot program are minimal.


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