WMMT Report on Broadband Access (or Lack Thereof) in Appalachia

We are excited to share another great report from the always-illuminating folks at WMMT's Making Connections News on the ongoing challenge of  access to high-speed internet in the mountains and its implications for education and the economy. 

A recent study from the Federal Communications Commission finds that Central Appalachia is far behind in terms of broadband access. West Virginia has the largest unserved population proportional to its size today – with 416,359 West Virginians unable to get a highspeed connection – and Kentucky comes in 40th in the nation.  And in rural counties such as McDowell and Mingo, upwards of three-quarters of the population do not have access.  So why is it so hard to get a good connection in the mountains?  Without a new approach, what will this mean for the future of mountain communities?

You can listen to the report here.