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Groundbreaking held for Facebook broadband project in WV

BECKLEY — Full-scale work on Facebook’s plan to expand broadband internet in West Virginia should begin within 10 to 16 months, according to Gov. Jim Justice’s office.

Justice, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and others attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Monday in Beckley.

Facebook is building a fiber-optic cable network in part of West Virginia through a subsidiary, Middle Mile Infrastructure. The New River Project is part of the company’s larger efforts to install cable from Virginia to Ohio through the Kanawha Valley.

The governor’s office says in a news release that full-scale work on the 275-mile project is expected to begin within the next 10 to 16 months. It will start in Ashburn, Virginia, and is expected to take up to two years to complete.

The project will enable broadband providers to expand networks into communities along the route.

— THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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