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NTIA grant for Appalachian power will expand broadband access to more rural households


​​CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With a $25 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Appalachian Power will be able to expand its fiber optic data network and make broadband access available to thousands of more households in southern West Virginia.

The NTIA grant will go towards constructing 658 miles of new “middle mile” fiber optic cable. It was also utilize fiber strands along another 297 miles of the company’s existing fiber in parts of McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming counties.

Phil Moye, Appalachian Power Corporate Communications Manager, says the approximately 950 miles of middle mile infrastructure being built will reach 22,000 unserved residents.

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