Let's Get WV Connected! Broadband in West Virginia

Just *THIS* Close to Broadband

Boy, we’ve heard that before. One person said they could see the fiber on the power poles running by her farm, but yet there was no service to be had. Another said the ISP, who shall remain nameless, had service less than a quarter-mile up the road, but wanted over $10,000 to bring it down their sleepy hollow lane. Unreal!

Why does this happen?

It costs a lot of money to bridge the distance with wire/fiber. The bulk of the cost is labor, some in pole attachment fees, and some in engineering requirements to validate the pole will hold the cable. It adds up quickly. All of that to get one or two or a few customers at less than $100/month for service? It’s not profitable it to the ISP, even after several years.

So, Let’s Get WV Connected! Read the blog entry about Roane, Calhoun, or Clay County FREE WIFI (as a concept) and ask yourself, “What can I do to get in on this?”

Do you own some property, have Internet on one end, but not the other?

Do you have a business with a couple of buildings and service only in one?

Contact us for a free conversation about what the status of technology is today, speeds, bandwidth, and costs. Maybe you could be part of a downtown solution for getting some free coverage, or maybe you just want to “light up” the other building. Do-able and affordable.

Let’s Get WV Connected!

2 Responses to “Just *THIS* Close to Broadband

  • Mark Nauman
    4 months ago

    Fiber is simple and reliable. Fiber is costly, but unless there are enough subscribers to warrant the investment of installing the infrastructure by Verizon (or others) it will never happen. This means that EVERYONE who desires reliable and affordable internet service without the [dish] needs to speak-up and let the providers know, they have customers they just haven’t met yet.

  • Mark, you’re exactly right. It’s why the broadband committees are trying feverishly to connect grant money to fiber installers with the hopes of building out a middle mile, and to encourage ISP’s to lease the strands to bring service to the otherwise unattainable customers. Fiber as a public infrastructure, much like roads or airports.

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