Let's Get Connected! Broadband in West Virginia

What are the steps?

1. Form committee of concerned citizens. Check.
2. Write a grant proposal. Check.
3. Get a grant. Check.
4. Write a Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire a company to properly document the need. This document is a necessary step to pave the way for future progress. Is it silly to tell us we need better Internet? Of course! Is it necessary in the government funding process? Yes. Check.
5. Receive proposals. Check.
6. Thoroughly consider the proposals, vet the vendors, and choose one. Check.
7. Participate with the vendor, supervise their progress, and approve their final product. Check.
8. Take the Feasibility Study and use it to acquire additional funding for a Design and Implementation process. Working.

So, for the last almost two years, with public input, the CCRBDC has been regularly meeting (open to the public) and working with the community, the vendor, and the three Counties to develop a quality Feasibility Study. Is this a plan? No. It is merely a high quality document, detailing the need for broadband in our communities and an overview of the next steps to bringing better Internet to the people. This is a huge project in terms of the business, topography, cultural, and technology hurdles.

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