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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  • by Pat on Feb 26, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Glad you brought up Direct TV. That is a "real bait and switch" like Suddenlink. Direct TV ads say sign up for $39.95 per month - for 6 months. Oh by the way the transmission boxes and DVR and other add ons are $60 per month more. Then after the 6 month trial period you must pay $30 more per month. All considered there is no where to turn for a reasonable fee; they are all J. James without a gun. Maybe I will just budget $150 month or $1800 per year and surrender.
  • by Chris Location: WV on Feb 26, 2010 at 09:17 AM
    I would love to have Suddenlink Internet.. I have to have satellite internet and pay $89/month for a fraction of speed cable has.. I can't believe your complaining about the cost of cable internet. Although I do wish they would focus this money on getting Internet to the areas that only have dialup before upgrading all the others.
  • by Anonymous Location: PKB on Feb 26, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    This has been an on-going "scam" for a while now. They actually sell the "broadband" access at DRAMATICALLY inflated prices to these entities. They install a high-speed circuit, but the circuit is "choked" way down to embarassingly low speeds. In other words, like paying $1000/mo for a connection no better than a simple DSL connection. Been going on for years folks!
  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Feb 26, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    Pat, if you are so upset by your Suddenlink cable bill, then why not change to an alternative provider? Dave made an excellent point when he said that there are competitors to cable. You do have choices - CAS, Dish Network, and DirecTV. I've had DirecTV for six years and have never looked back.
  • by Bre Location: Vienna on Feb 25, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    I find this complete waste of money disgusting. Certainly, the people of West Virginia could think of immeasurable better uses of 130 Million dollars. People are out of work, children are neglected, our environment is being destroyed in the name of profit...but yeah let's spend it on broadband access.
  • by miss Location: Harrisville on Feb 25, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    Internet in jail???? You've got to be kidding me.
  • by Dave Location: Marietta on Feb 25, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    I think ViennaGuy just demonstrated the point when he said "DirecTV". Satellite is a good competitor to cable. I would like to see prices drop a little too, but if you think all these cable companies are making such huge profits, Pat, then buy them. Time warner is publicly traded. Suddenlink has been talking about having an IPO for years. If you want their money, buy them.
  • by Pat on Feb 25, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    Since you brought payments for service. The tip off it is corrupt is that the cable company pays the city officials to keep out competitors in a written contract. That allows them to have no competition for the term of the contract and charge fees that the officials OK. No 3rd party that the consumer can turn to, and they are locked into one provider at their price. City wants to get the best they can but must make monopoly deals to do it. Then the city adds a franchise fee as extortion!
  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Feb 25, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    Pat, do you think that Suddenlink doesn't pay anything for the programming it distributes on its cable system? Or that it pays nothing for the bandwidth its Internet connection consumes? Lest anyone think I'm defending Suddenlink, I'm a DirecTV subscriber.
  • by Pat on Feb 24, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    Well Suddenlink has been sucking $75 a month from me for years. I think they have paid for all the lines and other "getting into business costs" several times. Suddenlink has a cash cow as does other TV and internet companies. As I said Japan charges their folks about $5 for hi speed internet. Too bad Parkersburg and mid Ohio.
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