Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 15, 2013

Study ranks W.Va. low in home computer ownership

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A new federal study says about 35 percent of West Virginia households don’t own a computer.

That’s the second-lowest rate in the nation.

The study by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration also says West Virginia has the eighth-lowest Internet adoption rate. About 59 percent of West Virginia households subscribe to high-speed Internet. The national rate is 70 percent.

West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council chairman Dan O’Hanlon tells the Charleston Gazette ( ) that the state’s Internet adoption rate has improved. But West Virginia still lags behind most of the nation.

The council is working to expand high-speed Internet access across West Virginia.

O’Hanlon says the state could work with nonprofit groups to increase computer ownership.