- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A project expanding high-speed Internet to vacation homes and condos at Snowshoe Mountain resort is getting state funding.

The West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council this week awarded a $713,000 grant for the project.

The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1iG9pEz) that an independent consultant paid by the council recommended that it not fund the project.

The move also comes despite plans by Frontier Communications to bring broadband service to the area either way.

Council members who voted against the project said the state shouldn’t be subsidizing the resort community. Those who voted for the project said there’s no guarantee Frontier will expand high-speed Internet service at the resort. Some members also called it a high tourism attraction project.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com