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Welcome to the web portal for West Virginia’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)

Through this web portal you can experience the advantages of broadband technology and learn about West Virginia’s efforts to expand broadband with support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

First, some basics.

What is Broadband?
The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access.

How is broadband different from dial-up service?
Broadband service provides higher-speed of data transmission. It allows more content to be carried through the transmission “pipeline.” Broadband provides access to the highest quality Internet services—streaming media, VoIP (Internet phone), gaming, and interactive services. Many of these current and newly-developing services require the transfer of large amounts of data that may not be technically feasible with dial-up service. Therefore, broadband service may be increasingly necessary to access the full range of services and opportunities that the Internet can offer. Broadband is always on. It does not block phone lines and there is no need to reconnect to network after logging off. Keep checking this site for the latest news on Broadband Public Computer Centers at WorkForce West Virginia.