- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new report says more than half of West Virginians don’t have access to broadband service that meets today’s speed requirements.

The Federal Communications Commission recently updated its benchmark speed to reflect advances in technology, consumer demand and offerings by broadband providers. The new benchmark for downloads is 25 megabits per second, up from four megabits. The new benchmark for uploads is three megabits per second, up from 1 megabit.

In a report released Friday, the FCC says nearly 56 percent of West Virginia residents don’t have access to broadband service that meets the new benchmarks. In rural areas of the state, 74 percent of residents lack access.

The report says 17 percent of residents nationwide lack access.

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