Bill would expand broadband Internet in rural West Virginia

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GRANT COUNTY, W.Va. (WHSV) - A bill in the West Virginia legislature is one step closer to getting broadband Internet access to folks in rural areas of West Virginia.

West Virginia ranks near the bottom of the nation for high-speed Internet.

The bill to expand broadband Internet in West Virginia passed the Senate last week, but still needs to pass the House.

High-speed Internet is needed by many, including small-business owners, students doing homework or people applying for a job.

Barbara Carr, the Grant County Library director, said Internet use at the library has surpassed book rentals in the last few years, showing just how important it is.

"Internet is essential for a lot, you know we have a lot of high schoolers who are taking college classes and it means, its a big help to them to have the internet," said Carr.

If the bill passes the House, then bids and proposals will be heard.