Rural Broadband Grants Ready

High-speed internet service may be coming to rural West Virginia. It's been four years and one-point-seven million dollars in consultants' fees since the Legislature approved a five-million-dollar plan that would deploy high-speed internet in many rural areas of the state. Now, the Broadband Deployment Council is urging local entities to apply for some of the three-point-three million dollars in grant money that it will pay out to get those services up and running. If enough interest is shown, the Council says it will ask lawmakers for five million a year in rural broadband funding.