Pocahontas Residents Struggle With Slow Internet Service

Marlinton, WV – Residents of Pocahotnas County are used to dealing with problems with internet service. The rural nature and topography of this county is often not conducive to high speed broadband access. But in the last few days, it seems even slower than usual in some parts of the county.

A call to local Frontier representative John Mutscheller confirms that there was a large outage in the area on January 26th. Unfortunately he didn’t have more detail as he was out of the office on that day. He places part of the blame on the nature of the internet itself, citing at least one past occurrence where an outage in Chicago resulted in a drop of internet service for customers in half of West Virginia.

He also says they are working on equipment in the area, but declined to elaborate on other issues affecting current internet speeds. He defers further comment to Frontier regional manager Reta Griffith. An attempt was made to contact Griffith, but she was unavailable at press time. A message has been left with Griffith.

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Heather Niday

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