KEYSER - NexGen Broadband is scheduled to begin putting fiber in place for high speed internet in Keyser and Carpendale sometime this month.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - NexGen Broadband is scheduled to begin putting fiber in place for high speed internet in Keyser and Carpendale sometime this month.
Keven Manovich of NexGen told the Mineral County Commissioners recently that work is expected to begin in both municipalities sometime in July, and that the majority of the fiber will be underground.
“While we’re working on that, we’ve got a lot of little towns in between that need internet,” Manovich said.
When he asked for the county officials to partner with NexGen to help bring fiber to those people outside the municipalities, however, the county officials told him they have to authority to strike up such a deal.
“We have nothing to offer you,” president Richard Lechliter told him. “We have no right-of-ways; we have no county roads.”
“We see the need for this, we just don’t see that we can offer you much,” commissioner Jerry Whisner added.
The commissioners explained to Manovich that West Virginia state law gives county commissions little authority, and that all secondary roads in the county are owned by the state - therefore, the county has no rights-of-way to offer for the fiber build.
Mineral County Development Authority director Kevin Clark, who was also present for the discussion, asked the commissioners then, “What can we do to help him?”
No one seemed to have an answer to that.
While Manovich noted that some towers would be needed to adequately reach their customers, he did say that “we’ve already had 11 poeple offer us two-acre sites free of charge.”
He said information would be made available to area residents as NexGen gets closer to signing up customers.