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Providers say they're striving for universal broadband access in W.Va., but goal may be lofty
Reported by: Associated Press
Monday, November 4, 2013 12:36 PM EST
West Virginia Internet providers say they're working hard to reach the 9 percent of people who lack broadband access, but hurdles remain.
Frontier's Kathleen Quinn Abernathy says Connect America Fund grants help extend service to rural areas, and more than 60,000 people will get service soon.
She says it will take much longer to reach the remaining 20,000 households.
Suddenlink spokesman Michael Kelemen says it's hard to reach everyone when coverage maps are incomplete. And he calls 100 percent a "lofty goal" when water and sewer service doesn't even reach 90 percent of homes.
Mark Reilly of Comcast says tougher regulation won't help, either. Even telephone service has yet to reach every U.S. resident.