Frontier Communications announced it has expanded broadband access to hundreds of homes and businesses in the Kanawha Valley.
The company said landline broadband service is now available in the Amma Road, Charleston Road and Cottontree Road areas of Clendenin; the Fisher Ridge Road, Washington Drive, Sugar Creek Drive, and along Kanawha County 21 from Sugar Creek to Falcon Drive in Sissonville; the Eskdale and Gallagher areas of East Bank; in St. Albans along Riverbend Boulevard; and in the Liberty area along the Kanawha-Putnam county line.
"Frontier has invested in expanding and strengthening its network across West Virginia, and additional residents and businesses in the Kanawha Valley now have access to our leading-edge broadband service," said Frontier general manager Ryan Bailey.
Since the company took over Verizon's landline operations in July 2010, Frontier has added broadband service to more than 158,000 West Virginia households.
The company said its investments in broadband have increased high-speed internet access from 62 percent in 2010 to more than 86 percent of its service area in the state.
Farmers to get $700,000 in Sandy aid
West Virginia farmers in 11 counties stand to receive up to $700,000 in federal aid for lingering cleanup from Superstorm Sandy.
State Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick announced that West Virginia was among 12 states eligible for up to $209 million in federal funding to help farmers, landowners and communities recover from the storm.
"The general public doesn't always see the damage that natural disasters do to rural agriculture and forestry operations in West Virginia," Helmick said.
"But these industries are vital to our state, and I'm pleased that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing funding to help our farmers recover from this historic disaster."
The state aid will be administered through the federal Farm Service Agency Emergency Conservation Program.
State FSA director Alfred Lewis said agency officials have been collecting data from counties to determine the type and extent of damage. Most of the funding will be used to remove tree debris from farmland and fence lines.
Eligible for assistance are landowners in Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, Webster, Lewis, Upshur and Boone counties.
The agency already has received more than 100 applications for individual assistance. The deadline to apply is May 31.