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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 01:29

Community Outreach

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Lisa's draft community outreach plan is posted; you'll find it under "The Plan".

Comments? Suggestions?  Use the phone or contact form to tell us.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 21:02

Overall Plan

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Fred Rader has graciously given us a mind-dump of a plan shell for this process.  Look under the Plan tab.

Thanks, Fred!

Thursday, 05 October 2017 17:11

Roane County Getting Traction

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The Roane County Broadband Committee met today; present were Melissa Obrien, William Gross, Matt Erb, John Norman, Kim Davis, Lisa Messinio. This website was announced and members were requested to examine the pages and write down recommendations for changes, additions, and deletions. 

Action Items: John Norman will get a copy of the RFP, and get smart on the process. Lisa Messinio will document her progress and plan thus far on the community outreach effort so we can discuss it as a group.

The Tri-County Group (name not yet official) will meet next at the Big Otter VFD on October 19, 2017 - time TBD.

Roane County's next public hearing is October 26, 2017 at 5:15 PM at the Roane County Courthouse, just prior to the Commission meeting.

We agreed to meet weekly, starting October 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM, at 802 Madison Avenue, Spencer, WV 25276.

Happy Black Walnut Festival!

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 23:37

Broadband USA Newsletter

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Broadband and Regional Economic Development

In the face of new market demands, communities are repositioning themselves to maximize future prosperity and growth. Many communities are taking a cooperative approach, working with surrounding towns and cities to develop a regional economic strategy that utilizes local assets. One of those crucial assets is broadband. Why is broadband essential for regional economic development?

  • Broadband allows communities to expand their markets.With broadband technology, communities can leverage their local resources and legacy industries to  compete in the global economy.
  • Broadband enables industry clusters. Broadband supports the “multiplier effect” by facilitating communication and data-sharing between inter-related businesses and institutions. Strong industry clusters spur innovation and local growth.
  • Broadband helps ensure that the workforce is qualified for regional jobs. Broadband facilitates specific training opportunities, tailoring workforce skills trainings to help meet the requirements of the regional economy. 
  • Broadband promotes “smart” regional development. Integrating broadband into regional infrastructure ensures that planning efforts will accommodate and meet the region’s needs.
  • Broadband enhances quality of place. Broadband improves all aspects of a region’s ecosystem, from healthcare to education to public safety. Higher living standards attract and retain residents, giving them more reason to invest in their communities. 

Interested in learning about how to include broadband in your regional development planning? Attend BroadbandUSA’s Practical Conversations Webinar on economic development Wednesday, October 18 or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-482-2048.


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New Broadband Resources

Three research papers using NTIA’s Digital Nation survey data were presented at the 45th Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy. Policy staff from NTIA presented one of the papers examining the connection between digital and financial inclusion.The two other papers utilized NTIA data to examine the behavioral relationships behind the increases in mobile-only households and the geographic patterns of Internet use across the United States. Click here to learn more._________________________________________________________________________

BroadbandUSA Spotlight

The Global Cities Teams Challenge (GCTC) program released a Public Wi-Fi Blueprint, which provides communities with a practical “how-to” guide for deploying a Public Wi-Fi system. BroadbandUSA facilitated the Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster. Access the Public Wi-Fi Blueprint here.

BroadbandUSA is facilitating the Agriculture and Rural GCTC SuperCluster. The SuperCluster will develop a range of projects, best practices and a blueprint to help farmers manage their farms more efficiently and rural communities improve connectivity. Any interested city, town, company or university may participate. Join the SuperCluster here(you must submit your email to join the Google Group.)



BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series

Topic: Practical Broadband Conversations: Understanding the Role of Broadband in Regional Economic Development

Date: Wednesday, October 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

Overview: Broadband is a key driver of regional job creation and economic prosperity. Recognizing this, many communities are taking a cooperative approach to develop a comprehensive regional economic strategy emphasizing broadband deployment and use. Join BroadbandUSA’s Practical Broadband Conversations webinar to learn how regional economic development agencies are leveraging broadband to spur collaboration, innovation and growth. 

Please pre-register for the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on joining the webinar.

Global Cities Teams Challenge (GCTC) SuperCluster Webinar

Topic: Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster

Date: Thursday, October 26 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

Overview: Join the Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster webinar to learn what projects SuperCluster members are working on or planning; discuss the key outputs targeted for GCTC SuperClusters, including a future workshop for interested groups; and the results of a brainstorming session held at the Expo.

Click here to join the webinar (you must register with the Google Group to attend the webinar.)


Tuesday, 03 October 2017 17:44

Big Otter Initial Meeting

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The Clay Roane Calhoun Broadband Group met Friday September 29th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. for their initial combined meeting at the Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department. This location is less than a mile off the I-79 Big Otter exit toward Clay. Lunch was served.

With over 25 people in attendance, Mr. Fred Rader led the meeting with introductions and discussion of the meeting's purpose.  Kelly Workman discussed various CDBG grants. Clay County should be the lead applicant for the funding grant in a three county relationship.  Rob Hinton discussed the power and authority of PSC and how the WV BEC is sending an open comment letter to the Chairman of the FCC regarding the Form 477 data inaccuracies. Rob also discussed the Upshur, Randolph and Barbour County project, partnering with MicroLogic to provide a wireless connection.

Next meeting is October 19, 2017.



Clay - Roane - Calhoun Broadband Group Initial Meeting
September 29, 2017 11 :00 a.m.
Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department

1. Welcome
2. Introduction of members and guests.
3. Discussion of broadband issues in each county.
4. What is to be accomplished.
5. Comments from funders, experts and others.
- Lunch -
6. Discussion of HUD-Broadband Planning Grant.
a. who should apply and why.
7. Structure of Broadband Group.
8. What is our next step(s).
9. Set next meeting place and time.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:13

2017 Impact Summit

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Friday, September 15, 2017, two Roane County Broadband Committee members, Jim Bostic and William Gross attended the broadband presentation of the 2017 Impact Summit, hosted by the West Virginia Community Advancement and Development folks. Documents obtained from the event are in the documents tab.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:14

Regional Broadband Committee

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Pursuant to forming a group/partnership with Clay and Calhoun Counties, the Roane County Broadband Committee discussed forming a Regional Committee, comprised of three members plus an alternate from each county. This organization streamlines the communication process and allows the nine Regional Committee members to meet in a manageable format.

Dear Roane County Broadband Committee Members:

Mark would like to nominate the following three people to serve on the Regional Broadband Committee:  

Matt Erb, as Chair
John Norman, representing Business
Bill Gross, as Technical Advisor
Alternate:  Jim Bostic

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:30

September 28, 2017

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September 28, 2017 is a busy day. The Roane County Committee meets at 1 PM, the public hearing is at 5:15 PM, and the County Commission meeting is 6 PM.

Location: Roane County Court House, Spencer, WV.  The committee meeting might be at the Spencer, WV library.

Saturday, 09 September 2017 02:01

Roane County Committee

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Roane County formed a committee.

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