State Senator Mark Maynard (R-Wayne) was in Washington, D.C. over the weekend to meet with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about cell phone service in southern West Virginia.
“I was in DC yesterday, and had a productive meeting with the FCC. My concern was cell phone coverage in my district,” Senator Maynard said. “They explained to me that their permitting process was in no way a hindrance to locating cell towers in my district.”
Maynard said that bad cell phone service and the lack of broadband is also an obstruction for attracting new business in the region.
“I am now contacting our West Virginia representatives in Washington for directing funding that will help grow the mobile service, plus the fixed wire service.”
He added, “95 percent of cell towers are in use due to a fixed wire system. Also, l will be contacting each of the cellphone service providers to find out individually what the roadblock is that prevents service to a majority of the 6th district.”
Maynard said he will continue to work on this important issue next year.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)