West Virginia Broadband Day focuses on expansion effort

Last Wednesday was West Virginia Broadband Day at the Legislature, in which the House of Delegates and the Senate "recognized the importance of broadband advancements, access and expansions while a variety of displays were available for visitors." Sen. Greg Boso, R-Nicholas, said broadband is "a vital piece of infrastructure that needs to be available to all our communities, large and small, across the state for communication and business needs."

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