WHEELING, WV – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.), today hosted Doug Kinkoph, Associate Administrator for the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), for a broadband summit in Wheeling, W.Va.
The summit provided an opportunity for federal, state, and local officials, as well as Internet Service Providers, to highlight the unique challenges West Virginia faces, for example in the Northern Panhandle, when it comes to improving broadband connectivity.
“Broadband connectivity is key to a modern economy, which is why it’s my top priority,” Senator Capito said. “With the incoming broadband dollars coming to West Virginia through the new bipartisan infrastructure law, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to strengthen our broadband deployment efforts. However, in order to achieve this goal, collaboration at the federal, state, and local levels is absolutely essential. That’s what today’s summit is about, and I was glad to bring NTIA here to West Virginia to not only see the problem firsthand, but also to hear directly from those at the state and local level about the unique challenges we face and learn more about how we can ensure we effectively and efficiently address this problem.”
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, supported by Senator Shelley Moore Capito, provides the resources to connect everyone in America to high-speed internet to finally bridge the digital divide,” Douglas Kinkoph, Associate Administrator, of NTIA’s Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, said. “Access to affordable and reliable high-speed internet for West Virginians means opportunities for workforce development in high-skilled, high-paying jobs and the ability to close the ‘homework gap’ by making sure every child has internet access at home.”