Shenandoah Telecommunications Co., also known as Shentel, said Thursday it is bringing its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) broadband technology to McDowell County beginning this fall.
As a result of the system upgrade, customers will now have the fastest Internet speeds, access to expanded television channel options, clear voice service and the opportunity to bundle services, Shentel said.
Over the next few months, Shentel representatives at the local call center and at stores in Welch and Mullens will help transition existing customers and will sign up new customers to the upgraded connections. Through local partners, such as Baker Installations, the upgrading process has already begun and will continue through the end of the year, the company said.
In a Shentel news release, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin praised Shentel for its $9 million capital investment in McDowell County.
"This announcement brings new meaning to the words ‘Reconnecting McDowell'," Gov. Tomblin said. "Shentel's plan to provide broadband access to McDowell County residents is an investment in the community and its future."