Under the revised bill, the Broadband Deployment Council must monitor the FCC download speed standard and increase West Virginia's minimum speed within 90 days. The change would be posted on the State Register website.
"We hope this means we will not have to go back to the Legislature each time the definition of broadband changes," O'Hanlon said. "I'm delighted by the compromise crafted by the Senate."
The Senate's Government Organization Committee advanced the amended bill earlier this week. The full Senate is expected to take a final vote on the legislation by Thursday.
Higher speeds allow people to download web pages, music, videos and online games more quickly.
Broadband Deployment Council members proposed the bill to redefine download speeds to expand the pool of applicants seeking funds for projects that increase high-speed Internet service in rural areas.
In December, the council distributed $2.5 million for broadband projects, but held back another $2 million.
The bill also will allow the Broadband Council to distribute grant money for marketing projects designed to encourage people to subscribe to broadband in West Virginia.
Some GOP lawmakers have said the money should be spent to upgrade broadband networks -- not push people to sign up for Internet service.
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