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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 14:47

Updates

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Updates

 

6/22/2019

CCRBDC met on 6/22/19. Motion to approve the release of final payment to Design9 approved, contingent upon Clay County Commission’s approval of the Feasibility Study. Next up: 6/26/2019 Clay County Commission Meeting at 1000 AM, and Roane County Commission Meeting, 6/28/2019 at 1100 AM.

6/12/2019


Well, Shucks. We got the time wrong in our last post about the Clay County Commission meeting; they meet at 1000 AM (not 6PM). No worries, mate! There was an agenda mix up, so the event was postponed until the next meeting, 6/26/2019 at 1000 hrs, same place. The Feasibility Study will presented, discussed and the Clay County Commission will take up a vote for approval. See you there? LET’S GET CONNECTED!

 

6/10/2019


The Clay County Commission is the fiscal agent for the Clay, Calhoun and Roane County Broadband Development Committee (CCRBDC). The Commission is located at 246 Main St. in Clay (in Clay County), West Virginia 25043. On Wednesday, 6/12/2019 at 6:00 PM, the Commission meets and on the agenda is consideration to approve the Broadband Feasibility Study, authored by Design9. The final documents are already approved by the CCRBDC. Approval by the Commission is the next step forward to building the infrastructure needed to get our regional communities connected to a fast and reliable Internet. As always, the public is invited to the Commission meetings. LET’S GET CONNECTED!

Saturday, 17 February 2018 19:18

RFP Draft Underway

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Request For Proposal Draft Underway

The CCRBDC is actively working to write our very first request for proposal, a document seeking applicants to bid for services surrounding a feasibility study for Broadband services in our communities.  View the RFP tab of this site, and stay tuned for further announcements.

Saturday, 17 February 2018 19:17

Grant Announcement

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Grant Announcement

Woo-hoo!!!

On 2/1/2018, our grant application was approved and funded for $125,000. Stay tuned to the news tab for more announcements!!! Thank you to everyone who contributed an effort in the grant application request, and a special thank you to everyone who wrote a letter, placed a phone call, sent an email, or who took the speed test. The data we received indicated a real need for Broadband in our areas.  Please keep the information coming in and be on the lookout for other advertisements and requests for information. Our project is complex, the need is dire, and the effort is monumental.  We are working on a RFP, so stay tuned for that announcement, too.

Monday, 18 December 2017 12:55

Gilmer Free Press Mention

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CCR Broadband Development Committee gets a mention in the Gilmer Free Press:

 

http://www.gilmerfreepress.net/index.php/site/comments/gsc_professor_serves_on_local_broadband_committee/

 

Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:59

New Committee Member

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Melissa Gilbert, Director of Roane County 911, joined the Roane County Broadband Development Committee. She brings a wealth of information about mapping, addressing and is an invaluable asset to our efforts.

 

Thank you, Melissa!

Friday, 10 November 2017 03:53

Marketing Committee

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Roane County formed a marketing committee: Matt Erb, Mark Whitley and William Gross.

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Release No. 0143.17

Contact:
Anne Mayberry
(202) 690-1756

USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas

Residents and Businesses in North-Central West Virginia to Get Internet Access with USDA Assistance

Buckhannon, W.Va., Nov. 6, 2017 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing more than $200 million in infrastructure projects to bring broadband to hundreds of unserved and underserved rural communities.

“Broadband infrastructure is vital to our economy and quality of life in rural America. Yet, today nearly 40 percent of rural residents and businesses lack access to the same quality service available in urban centers,” Hazlett said. “Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is working hard to bridge this gap. From access to health care to workforce training and connection to global markets, broadband is truly a lifeline to prosperity in rural communities.”

Hazlett discussed USDA’s work to expand broadband access in rural areas during a visit today to Upshur County, W.Va. She announced that USDA is awarding a grant to the Central West Virginia Development Association to provide broadband to more than 3,600 households, businesses and community facilities in Barbour, Randolph and Upshur counties.

Hazlett and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) met with local officials at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and discussed how the grant will help students with educational and career opportunities. They also met with business officials who welcomed USDA’s assistance as a great partnership to expand broadband infrastructure to underserved areas.

“The availability of high-speed internet is an absolute necessity for West Virginia students and businesses to be able to compete in a global digital economy,” Sen. Capito said at Monday’s event. “This investment by USDA is a critical step in connecting West Virginia, and I can’t wait to see the opportunities that will result from this project. I will continue working to provide similar opportunities across the state, because if given the tools, West Virginians can compete with anyone.”

The Buckhannon project is expected to increase economic opportunities for rural West Virginians. Area officials say the USDA grant will build on recent transportation infrastructure improvements that are providing growth opportunities to local and regional businesses. Also, three area colleges will be able to provide expanded educational and career opportunities to their students.

While in West Virginia, Hazlett announced that USDA is awarding eight additional grants in Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, as well as 10 loans to expand broadband in rural areas. The loans will provide new or improved broadband access for more than 71,000 residents and businesses in 74 counties in rural parts of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

These awards are being financed through USDA’s Telecommunications Program, which has provided financial assistance to more than 500 telecommunications providers nationwide. USDA is announcing $207 million in loans and grants today.

Previous awardees, such as the Moultrie Independent Telephone Company in Illinois, have used USDA funding to expand broadband availability and make dramatic service improvements. Moultrie is using a USDA loan to increase network speed by almost tenfold in Lovington, Ill. Faster speeds can mean a significant increase in profits for area businesses that need real-time access to futures and options exchanges such as the Chicago Board of Trade.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visitwww.rd.usda.gov.

Monday, 06 November 2017 14:10

User Bill Adding

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 13:04

Other Counties & CDBG

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According to the article from Government Technology Magazine, Link, Taylor, Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Harrison and Doddridge counties are collectively applying for a $125,000 grant from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) with Taylor County Commission as the lead applicant.

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