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WV Broadband Gets Boost From Federal Ruling

September 17th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

Governor. Jim Justice announced today that the Federal Highway Administration has verified that federal law allows the West Virginia Division of Highways to permit broadband expansion and other development projects on state right of way without collecting a fee.

“This is a major step forward as we expand West Virginia’s broadband network to better serve our state’s businesses and citizens,” Gov. Justice said.

All Dig Once permit requests are now being processed by DOH utility managers in accordance with state law (HB 4447) that was passed earlier this year. The DOH and Broadband Enhancement Council are currently working together to finalize development of standard forms, procedures and right of way access agreements that will be implemented under the new Dig Once Policy.

“As we continue to grow our economy the expansion of the information highway and our broadband system is critical,” Gov. Justice added. “We’re extremely pleased that we’ve been able to get this verified by the FHWA and we’re working as quickly as possible to assist our broadband providers with their development efforts.” 

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