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Welcome to Regional Optical Communications, Inc.

A Regional Broadband Initiative Serving Southern West Virginia

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About ROC

Regional Optical Communications, Inc. (ROC) is a non-profit entity formed to facilitate broadband expansion throughout West Virginia.  ROC originated as a collaborative effort between Region 1 Planning & Development Council and Region 4 Planning & Development Council and has since grown beyond the initial planning council boundaries.  Member counties include McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers, Wyoming, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Webster, Clay, Calhoun, and Roane.

ROC's Mission

ROC’s mission is to:


-serve as a regional applicant for federal, state, and local grant funding

-serve as the regional entity to secure loan funding for broadband expansion

-coordinate local broadband planning and implementation efforts throughout its service area


Regional Broadband Study

Click here to access a Story Map (or here to view a  PDF version) of the regional broadband study summary recently completed by our consultants.  This project was made possible by funding from the United States Economic Development Administration and the United States Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program.

So now what?

The results of the regional broadband study will serve as a guide to the member communities.  The needs and costs outlined within the study area will determine the best avenues for grant funding and public/private partnerships. 


Sam Felton, Mayor of Marlinton


David Tolliver, Raleigh County Commissioner

Vice Chairman

Robert Shafer, Mayor of Summersville

Vice Chairman

Tim Pike, Mayor of Athens


Lyle Neal, Nicholas County Commissioner

Assistant Secretary

Mike Goode, Private Sector

Board Member

Bill Shiflet, Private Sector

Board Member

John Norman, Private Sector

Board Member

Anna Carpenter, Webster County Commissioner

Board Member

William Hannabass, City of Oak Hill

Board Member

Jason Roberts, President

Executive Director - Region 1 Planning & Development Council

Kim Odle

Administrative Assistant - Region 1 Planning & Development Council

John Tuggle, Treasurer/ Assistant Secretary

Executive Director - Region 4 Planning & Development Council

Amanda Smarr

Project Assistant/GIS Coordinator  - Region 4 Planning & Development Council


Feel free to drop us a line using the submission form below, or ring us up at (304) 431-7225.