WV to be included in national broadband availability map

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTV) -- West Virginia is one of eight states set to be included in a new initiative to have an accurate map of the nation's broadband availability.

According to Senator Joe Manchin, this map is important because it will put the state in a better position to receive broadband funding.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to update the national broadband availability map. The eight states were chosen based on geographic diversity, participation in the NTIA’s State Broadband Leaders Network, active broadband plans or programs, and willingness to contribute data used to give policymakers a better understanding of broadband availability.

The initial map will have national data from every state and specific state data for West Virginia and the other seven states.

Officials say NTIA expects to seek participation from more states as well as territories and tribes within the U.S. for further data collection.