Listen Now: Morning News

New tower in western Monongalia County could be used for broadband expansion

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A new communications tower that could evolve into a pilot broadband project is being discussed in Monongalia County, according to Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom.

The tower that was demolished last week.

A 480-foot, 15-year old tower on Catherines Knob in western Monongalia County was demolished last week and county commissioners have approved a 340-foot replacement that will cost more than $560,000. Commissioners also approved another $14,950 for engineering and site layout.

“It just crumbled right under which made the clean up a lot easier and it’s already cleaned up,” Bloom said. “We’re looking to build this thing by January or February.”

Bloom and others hope the tower can be used for wireless internet in a section of the county where it’s very difficult to extend cable.

“Both Capito and Manchin (U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin) have talked that this is their priority, the governor has mentioned it,” Bloom said. “So, why not use this as a pilot project? You cannot run cable out there.”

County officials said broadband connectivity has been problem in the Blacksville area and that has been validated by workers and students attempting to complete responsibilities remotely during the pandemic.





More News

News
Arrest made in deadly McDowell County hit-and-run
Negligent homicide was one of the charges filed against Angel Alberta Estep, 37, of War.
December 4, 2020 - 3:19 am
News
Child killed in Monongalia County fire
Fire investigators said the victim was two.
December 4, 2020 - 3:07 am
News
Marshall University hosting US surgeon general for presentation
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum invited U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams to speak in February.
December 4, 2020 - 12:17 am
News
Trump honors West Virginia native Holtz with Presidential Medal of Freedom
Lou Holtz was born in Follansbee, West Virginia.
December 3, 2020 - 11:20 pm