WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, as well as the Co-Chairman of the Senate Broadband Caucus, applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to approve the application of West Virginia United Health Systems in Morgantown for a $780,899 grant to support telehealth services in West Virginia. This funding from the FCC will provide upgrades to West Virginia United Health System’s internet network and create improvements to their telehealth services and virtual visit capabilities.

“Telehealth services play such a vital role in our healthcare abilities in West Virginia, and I am optimistic that this investment will only improve the technology used,” said Senator Capito. “Giving our residents the ability to connect with top of the line medical professionals via telehealth helps us not only overcome logistical barriers created by our state’s landscape, but also abide by distancing guidelines created by the COVID-19 pandemic. During my time in the Senate, I have been focused on broadband connectivity in West Virginia, delivering federal funding for projects through my Capito Connect program, and I’m proud of the expansion of telehealth that has come as a direct result of that work. We must continue to bring reliable internet access to the Mountain State and grow the list of telehealth providers that West Virginians can count on.”

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