Despite years of political pronouncements, initiatives and expansion programs, West Virginia is still ranking last in the nation with high-speed Internet, according to a new FCC report.

About 845,000 West Virginians, 46 percent of state residents, don't have access to broadband Internet service, the Federal Communications Commission said this week.

Frontier Communications says the FCC is using outdated data to reach their conclusions.

A further issue is the lack of standards of what is real broadband service.

The report shows that even West Virginians with broadband have Internet speeds far slower than most states.

The problem is a significant issue for business development, unable to upload and download data that is required.

Read more Nearly half of W.Va. residents don't have access to broadband   By Eric Eyre for the Charleston Gazette

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