(01/11/2007)
Governor Joe Manchin wants to bring West Virginia into the 21st century with access to broadband at home and work, a declaration of most every politician worth their salt the past 10 years.

The state is ranked near the last in broadband service.

In West Virginia board-band providers have issued impressive numbers regarding the service, embarked on a number of community endeavors, but most of the state's rural areas are years behind.

Calhoun has made a considerable leap forward with Frontier telephone providing service to subscribers near their sub-stations around the county.

Frontier did not respond to a request for information about the project, but sources say the service has been expanded through a grant the company received.

Still, many residents are located in areas where the service will not be available.

Gov. Manchin, in his state-of-the-state speech, says he wants WV to be up-to-par with the rest of the nation technology-wise by 2010.


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