Broadband Expansion Plan Approved for Two West Virginia Counties

(AP) — West Virginia officials approved a $61.3 million broadband infrastructure plan to build fiber lines in Logan and Mingo counties.

The Public Service Commission announced Thursday it approved the application from Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power. They plan to construct and install over 400 miles of fiber in the southern counties.

About 15,200 unserved potential customers exist in the area, according to the commission.

The companies will be allowed to recover project costs through a surcharge to customers’ bills. The surcharge for customers is expected to be less than 20 cents per month.

“Lack of broadband service has a crippling effect in rural areas of West Virginia,” said the chair of the Public Service Commission, Charlotte Lane. “Businesses, schools, and students have suffered and fallen behind due to the lack of connectivity.”

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