Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has been pushing to expand broadband access to rural communities for years. 

“If I had all the money in the world and all the cooperation I would have broadband in every single house in this country,” the West Virginia Republican told Fox News. 

In 2015, she launched “Capito Connect,” her initiative to deploy federal investments in broadband, without the government mismanagement, waste and fraud the state had suffered in previous years. 

But in the heart of once-booming coal country, Capito estimates that despite recent developments up to 25% of residents do not have reliable access to fast Internet, an unthinkable prospect in more urban parts of the nation. 

Other parts of the population have spotty access that is frequently cut off. 

“We’ve realized during this pandemic

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