EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Internet Providers Working To Expand Broadband Access
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 4, 2013 12:55 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia Internet providers said they are working hard to reach the 9 percent of people who lack broadband access, but hurdles remain.
Officials with Suddenlink, Frontier, Comcast and Verizon said Monday they're expanding networks and creating low-cost options.
Frontier's Kathleen Quinn Abernathy said Connect America Fund grants help extend service to rural areas, and more than 60,000 people will get service soon.
She said it will take much longer to reach the remaining 20,000 households.
Suddenlink spokesman Michael Kelemen said it's hard to reach everyone when coverage maps are incomplete. And he calls 100 percent a "lofty goal" when water and sewer service doesn't even reach 90 percent of homes.
Mark Reilly of Comcast said tougher regulation won't help, either. Even telephone service has yet to reach every U.S. resident.
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