West Virginia



State broadband website(s):

West Virginia does not have an office dedicated to broadband; however, in 2016 the state established the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council, within the West Virginia Department of Commerce, to direct plans, policies and procedures to expand broadband within the State of West Virginia, with a focus on unserved and underserved areas.

State broadband contact(s):

In 2017, West Virginia tasked the Broadband Enhancement Council with creating a statewide broadband map, a loan guarantee program, and other outreach goals. In 2018, the state awarded approximately $1.5 million in HUD CDBG allocation to broadband projects, including three infrastructure projects and nine planning projects. West Virginia also plans to award approximately $4 million in Special Telecommunications Funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

State broadband coordinator:

West Virginia does not have an office dedicated to broadband; however, in 2016 the state established the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council, within the West Virginia Department of Commerce, to direct plans, policies and procedures to expand broadband within the State of West Virginia, with a focus on unserved and underserved areas.

Broadband programs:

In 2017, West Virginia tasked the Broadband Enhancement Council with creating a statewide broadband map, a loan guarantee program, and other outreach goals. In 2018, the state awarded approximately $1.5 million in HUD CDBG allocation to broadband projects, including three infrastructure projects and nine planning projects. West Virginia also plans to award approximately $4 million in Special Telecommunications Funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Funding for broadband:

Consult the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council website or email the broadband contacts for information on funding levels.

State information is gathered by BroadbandUSA using publically available sources (e.g. state websites). The information is validated by the points-of-contact at each state-level agency(-ies). This information was last updated Summer 2018. The information is reviewed and updated periodically.