Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 7, 2013

More access to Internet coming to McDowell

IAEGER — Recent expansions in broadband service will bring Internet access to more residents and businesses in McDowell County.

Frontier Communications has announced the completion of service that extends the Internet to the Ikes Fork area north of Iaeger. The broadband expansion project was made possible with subsidies from the federal Connect America Fund (CAF), according to General Manager Mike Swatts.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said broadband service is necessary for citizens to have full participation in the nation’s economy and society, Swatts said. To expand broadband service, the FCC transformed the telephone-focused Universal Service Fund into the CAF.

“Frontier aggressively is extending broadband service in West Virginia, and more local residents and businesses now have access to the Internet as a result,” Swatts said.

Bringing broadband service to McDowell County is not easy due to its mountainous terrain.

“It’s not like it is down south where you can put down miles of buried cable,” he stated. “It’s a challenge and it’s more expensive.”

The new service in McDowell County uses lines that were in place already.

Swatts said work to expand the service into the Ikes Fork area was completed two weeks ago. He said business owners and managers can call 877-501-5661 about service. Residents can call 800-921-8101 about service options.

There is a satellite service, Frontier Broadband, for households that do not have access to land-based broadband service, Swatts said.

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