Letter to the Editor:
I have finished reading the Mountain State Spotlight report on Broadband, especially HB 2002 currently introduced into the WV House.
Last year, I dropped Frontier Internet for Hughes Net, (satellite). Hughes has proven little better than Frontier was.
Fibreoptic is not a good answer for West Virginia. In fact, HB 2002 will probably be another scam by Frontier.
I have fibreoptic service from Frontier and have had that access for 12 years. The fibreoptics barely deliver 3 megabits download and 400 kilobits upload. The reason is that Frontier has over 1000 households on one switching relay system. The signal must travel 3.4 miles to reach my modem. By then, it has a latency of 78 at best.
Therefore, for me to send a 100-page technical paper to China, which I do frequently, requires 18 to 20 hours on Frontier. (Hughes is only slightly better at about 3.5 to 4 megabits download).
Four miles away, which I can see from my window, is Loudoun County, Virginia. Verizon offers them 30 gigabit per second download speed.
Last year, I was told by Intelsat that they could install a state of the art BROADBAND SYSTEM using low earth orbit satellite links to serve all of West Virginia for less than $200,000,000. SPACEX is promoting STARLINK as we speak to accomplish the same ends.
As a ballot qualified candidate for governor, in 2020 I proposed that West Virginia create a broadband cooperative using the bonds that have been designated by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority for the Danish polluter, Rockwool. That is $150,000,000. Why not take that money plus $50,000,000 more and create the Broadband Coop, owned by the people of West Virginia?
I would have discussed this at length in the Ersatz Gubernatorial Debate held October 13, 2020. But, I was excluded from that exchange, by WV Broadcaasters’ Association, WV Public Broadcasting, and Metro News.
FYI, when I asked the WVEDA for a prospectus on the Rockwool bonds, I was told there would be no such document because those bonds would be issued privately.
I have requested, through Senator Rucker’s Office, to be nominated to the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council as the Business Broadband Representative from the Second Congressional District. That was in December 2020. To date, I have had no response to this request.
Finally, as I read the article about Broadband, the wind in this area has risen to over 20 miles per hour, That must be the Justice Administration sighing relief, saying “Thank God for Mississippi, or we’d be dead last again.”