BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Schools in Mercer, Summers and Braxton counties will get a portion of West Virginia's allotment of $5.5 million in E-Rate funding aimed at enhancing Internet access.
The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/x2Aq10 ) reports that Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced the funding on Friday.
Rockefeller was a creator of the E-Rate program, which is intended to assure that students can access the Internet, regardless of where they live or their family's income.
Since the program came on board in 1996 as an amendment to the Telecommunications Act, the state has received more than $150 million.
Last year, West Virginia's share for schools and libraries exceeded $8.5 million.
Summers County was targeted to receive about $64,000 in this year's funding, while Mercer County would get about $18,000 and Braxton is to receive about $165,000.