Comcast and three smaller companies have been tentatively awarded a total of $33 million in broadband funding through the West Virginia Line Extension Advancement and Development (LEAD) program.
Comcast is slated to take home three awards totaling about $13 million.
Two of the other awardees are local providers. Citynet was awarded almost $7.5 million and Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Telephone was awarded about $1.9 million.
The fourth awardee is Armstrong Telecommunications, a company that serves rural areas of West Virginia and several other states. Armstrong is expected to receive approximately $13 million.
All awardees will contribute a portion of total project costs.
This is the third round in the LEAD program.
Armstrong, Citynet and Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Telephone won line extension funding in the first round, along with several other companies.
Citynet was the only winner in the second round.
Additional information about the awards can be found in this press release.
West Virginia is one of several states that have line extension programs designed to help cover the costs for a provider that already serves an area to deploy fiber to locations that don’t have service available to them.
Another state with a line extension program is Indiana, which also announced funding awards this month.
The LEAD program is just one of several broadband funding programs that the state of West Virginia offers. Information about other programs, as well as state-specific Telecompetitor coverage, can be found on the Broadband Nation web page for the state.