West Virginia

At the Democratic National Convention two weeks ago, several Democrats demanded that a national broadband policy becomes a key component of the next congressional agenda.
Governor Joe Manchin signed West Virginia's Internet access bill into law on Thursday, April 10th. The legislation creates a broadband development council, provides for mapping high speed Internet services and establishes reporting requirements for state infrastructure, and requires any new service that relies on state money to be at least 600 kilobits per second - three times the FCC's definition of high speed.
Thanks to new legislation proposed by Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia is one step closer to their goal of universal high speed Internet by 2010. The legislation, which was passed on Saturday, March 8th, will create a Broadband Deployment Fund and a Broadband Deployment Council in order to extend high speed Internet access to areas of West Virginia that are currently without it. CWA will be represented on the Broadband Deployment Council.
Last week, a House of Representatives subcommittee approved important legislation to improve high speed Internet data collection. A few days prior, a Senate committee was hard at work on another piece of legislation that would help close the digital divide.
Verizon West Virginia announced that it will provide funding for a statewide map of current high speed internet deployment and that it is speeding up deployment of high speed internet service in rural West Virginia.
Earlier this month, Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia announced $37.9 million in loans to help rural residents of his state connect to high speed internet.
Thanks to our 80,000 Speed Testers, the Speed Matters Campaign has been making waves around the country. On Monday we released a state-by-state report and interactive map on U.S. internet speeds based on the test results.
More than 80,000 people have taken the Speed Matters Speed Test to learn the actual speed of their internet connections. We've used the results of all those speed tests to create the first-ever state-by-state report on internet speeds across America. Our findings were deeply troubling.
In cooperation with Connected Nation, a nonprofit group aimed at expanding high-speed Internet access and other community-based technology improvements, CWA has developed model legislation for state-level Internet policies.