05.02.18

Capito Applauds Hampshire County Resort Connectivity Announcement

Family-owned West Virginia getaway finds a way to receive local high-speed broadband service

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced that Capon Springs and Farms will now benefit from high-speed internet access provided by Hardy Telecommunications. Senator Capito began working on internet issues with the leadership of the resort during her time as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Broadband deployment is absolutely necessary for our rural communities to thrive, and Capon Springs and Farms is a perfect example of this,” Senator Capito said. “After years of working with the Capon team, I am thrilled that a solution has been reached. Connecting Capon Springs will lead to so many new opportunities for the resort, and it will help drive tourism and strengthen our local economy. Today is an exciting day for the resort, and it is a great example of local business initiative and partnerships. I will continue working to help deliver similar results for the surrounding community and West Virginians all across our great state.”

“We were able to greatly improve broadband service for both our business and our guests through a substantial investment from the resort. Our intention is that since we have laid the ground work for getting this service to the resort, we look forward to continuing to work with Senator Capito’s office and Hardy Telecommunications to provide the desperately needed broadband access to the Capon Springs, Yellow Spring and surrounding communities,” explained Capon Springs and Farms General Manager and family member Eddie Brill.

“My visit to Capon Springs with Senator Capito has long stuck in my mind. Hearing firsthand about how the lack of broadband holds back West Virginia residents and businesses has motivated me to help close the digital divide. I’m thrilled to hear that this partnership will bring Capon Springs Resort much-needed broadband access and hope other communities throughout the Mountain State soon join it on the digital grid,” Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai said.

In July 2017, Senator Capito hosted Chairman Pai in Hardy and Hampshire counties to draw attention to the need for rural broadband. During their visit to Hampshire County, Senator Capito and Chairman Pai hosted a roundtable discussion at Capon Springs and Farms where, at the time, broadband availability was scarce.

In addition to bringing attention to the connectivity issues in Capon Springs, Senator Capito and her staff worked together with the FCC and Hardy Telecommunications. The resort’s investment, coupled with Hardy Telecommunications’ creative mechanisms, will deliver wireless connection to serve the resort, which attracts more than 4,000 households to the premiere tourist venue each year. 

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