Much of W.Va. lacks high-speed Internet access

CHARLESTON (AP) — A new federal report ranks West Virginia first in the nation for people without high-speed Internet.

The Federal Communications Commission reported this week that about 845,000 West Virginians, or 46 percent of the state’s residents, don’t have access to broadband Internet service.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the data also showed that even West Virginians with broadband have Internet speeds slower than most states.

According to the report, the lack of broadband nationwide is greatest in rural areas.

The report says 60 percent of West Virginia’s rural communities can’t get high-speed Internet. That compares with 31 percent of West Virginians in non-rural areas.

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