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Delegate Daniel Linville’s Internet Mapping Project Nets Hundreds of Millions for State

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Daniel Linville chairs the committee on technology and infrastructure

86,000 WV Households Added To Federally Funded Internet Projects

On Tuesday, the FCC announced an update to the National Broad Map adding locations across the country for those people that have no or very limited access to high-speed internet.  These maps have been used for funding and development of rural Internet service, and for decades these maps were produced by U.S. Census block data.  The funding is from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Senator Joe Manchin (D – West Virginia), reminded reporters that he has been trying to get someone to fix the maps since 2015.  

Delegate Daniel Linville (R – Cabell 22) is the current Chairman of the House Committee on Technology and Infrastructure.  He also recognized that the mapping system was not compatible with West Virginia’s landscape and existing infrastructure.

In 2021, Linville and his committee codified that the Office of Broadband would produce different maps that drill down to more specific areas.  Changing these maps meant that rather than presume an area had Internet access (because a single home in the same census block had Internet) that real-world data would be used to show the true need for rural broadband expansion throughout West Virginia.

“Getting the maps right matters because they determine how much money we have and where we can use it.

My fellow Delegates and our colleagues in the Senate recognized this and I appreciate the overwhelming support for our efforts to map this ourselves.

Doing so has given us the tools to improve the FCC’s maps and make sure that 86,000 West Virginia households and businesses weren’t forgotten.

It will also mean hundreds of millions more of your tax dollars returning to our state than we otherwise would have received.Delegate Daniel Linville- Chairman Committee on technology & Infrastructure

Both U.S. Senators from West Virginia were very pleased with the mapping project results.

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“It’s very good news on the mapping,” said Senator Shelley Moore-Capito, R – WV. “Both of us had the same feelings that the challenge process was very successful, that the maps are inordinately more accurate.”


Manchin said. “There shouldn’t be a person living anywhere in West Virginia that won’t be able to access coverage. That’s how big this is. So, I am extremely happy about that, and that’s big news in itself.”

The FCC National Broadband Map can be found here. The map tool allows you to search by address for available providers and connection speeds in the area.

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