* Martin notified the board that interactive maps that show broadband coverage in West Virginia are misleading.
One map shows that a large part of the state has access to Internet download speeds faster than 50 megabits per second. Martin said those speeds are available only to businesses, not residential customers.
"By looking at the map, there's no way 50 'meg' is available to those residential homes," he said.
A consultant created West Virginia's broadband coverage maps, using data from the federal government which asked telecommunication firms to disclose their "maximum advertised speed."
* Council members voted down Waldo's request to re-solicit applications for projects designed to increase demand for high-speed Internet service in rural areas.
Last month, board members postponed a decision on all "demand promotion" projects that requested funding.
State law requires the council to distribute grants in areas that don't have broadband service. So it wouldn't make sense to fund projects to promote broadband in communities that couldn't sign up for Internet service, board members said.
"What are we promoting demand for, if the infrastructure is not there?" council member Jim Nester said Wednesday before voting against Waldo's proposal.
Last month, Future Generations, a Pendleton County nonprofit, requested $900,000 for four projects to encourage people to sign up for broadband service in Southern West Virginia.
The group's executive director has sharply criticized the Broadband Deployment Council for refusing to fund the nonprofit's projects.
On Wednesday, Future Generations administrators came to the council's meeting accompanied by veterans. The projects would have provided discounted Internet service and digital literacy classes to low-income families and veterans.
"If there's money set aside to help the veterans, I'm asking you to do that," said James McCormick, chairman of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition. "Do not just table this and kick this to the curb."
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