W.Va. To Receive $130M For Internet Access

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wheeling, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia is getting more than $130 million from the federal government to improve broadbrand internet access.

U.S. Commerce secretary Gary Locke and Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced the project Thursday.

The money will pay for high-speed internet service to an estimated 471 schools.

It's also expected to pay for better internet access at more than 170 public libraries, jails, county courthouses and other sites.

Officials say the money also should make broadband more affordable for some 700,000 households and 110,000 businesses.

The money is part of $4.7 billion included in 2009 economic stimulus legislation.

Rockefeller's senate commerce, science and transportation committee oversaw development of the program.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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