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A.J. Bowen of Schupp’s Line Construction Inc. works on fiber-optic installation in Norton, Vt. Even though the federal government has spent tens of billions of dollars to close the digital divide, tens of millions of Americans still aren’t online.

CHARLESTON — Expanding broadband to internet-starved portions of West Virginia will be a top priority over the next three months, state officials pledged recently, echoing promises from the past.

Among other things, tax money could foot the bill to help make connections in some rural areas, said state Secretary for Economic Development Mitch Carmichael. Announcements loom about public-private partnerships in broadband investment, he said.

Joe Severino is an enterprise reporter for HD Media. He can be reached at 304-348-4814 or Follow @jj_severino on Twitter.

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