Let's Get WV Connected! Broadband in West Virginia


In West Virginia, Frontier has a well documented history of overpromising and under-delivering service to rural areas. One can only then ask, why did Frontier get $250 million of the $362 million awarded to West Virginia? Although this is not money in the form of a government check, but instead an opportunity for Frontier and other winners to apply in a “long-form application”; but still, it is a step in the direction of more money for proven failure.

On 12/9/2020, Senator Capito (R-WV) sent a letter to the FCC outlining similar concerns about Frontier. Go here to read the announcement and get your copy of her letter: https://www.capito.senate.gov/news/press-releases/capito-cautions-fcc-on-rdof-funding-for-frontier

Link to the letter: https://www.capito.senate.gov/download/12-09-2020-frontier-letter-fcc-rdof

Some highlights:

  • I continue to have concerns about the ability of Frontier Communications (Frontier) to meet the obligations expected of them as a gigabit tier provider.
  • Frontier’s mismanagement of prior federal funding through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Fund program, resulting in $4. 7 million in funds repaid to the federal government for improper use, raises significant questions about their ability to manage federal funds of this magnitude.
  • Frontier has a documented pattern of history demonstrating inability to meet FCC deadlines
  • I am concerned they lack the technological capabilities in West Virginia to transition from a provider that struggles to deliver the FCC minimum standard of 25/3 Mbps to a provider that is able to provide gigabit level service to 95 percent of the required number of locations in the state.


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