Thursday, September 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the Marlinton Municipal Building Auditorium
The Pocahontas County Broadband Council was officially established by the Pocahontas County Commission in January 2021. Since that time, the Council has been working diligently on behalf of all Pocahontas County residents to ensure broadband service to all households.
The Council, made up of members in the community with a wide range of interests for improving broadband services to our rural community, have applied for every possible source of funding made available by the state of West Virginia and the federal government.
“The Council has applied for all possible grants available and has received an ARC POWER award which is underway,” said Sarah Riley, chair for the Broadband Council. “CityNet has been awarded RDOF funding and Frontier Communications has a pending application. The broadband council has a Reconnect 3 grant application pending and will submit for a Reconnect 4 round of applications in 2022.”
“With about eighteen months of work under our belts, the Council feels that now is a good time to share with our communities the progress made thus far in terms of broadband services for residents,” council member Mike Holstine said. “We want to assure residents that the Council is committed to delivering fiber to every household and want to share the current plan for achieving that.”
The Town Hall public meeting will be held Thursday, September 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the Marlinton Municipal Building Auditorium.
This will be an In-Person meeting with a Zoom link option. The Town Hall meeting will serve to introduce the public to the council, where we are and where we are going, status of grant applications and CityNet will provide an update on their investment plans for the county. Thompson & Litton, the Council’s engineer, will also be there to discuss our ongoing project design.
The Pocahontas County Broadband Council serves to advocate, coordinate communication, and identify and pursue opportunities to build fast, reliable, affordable Internet to every corner of the county where residents live and work. To do this, we need to know about your Internet service, bad or good. Visit the website at www.pocahontascountybroad band.com to access more information about the council, facts, speed test, how to join open meetings and projected service maps.
Join Zoom Meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday September 15: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8728097678?pwd=eGNGcXhraXRYU3hQNUw1ZDZqbFdSQT09
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Meeting ID: 872 809 7678