Welcome to Regional Optical Communications, Inc.
A Regional Broadband Initiative Serving Southern West Virginia
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 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.
MEET THE TEAM
Sam Felton, Mayor of Marlinton
Joe Blankenship, Mayor of Hinton
Robert Shafer, Mayor of Summersville
Tim Pike, Mayor of Athens
Lyle Neal, Nicholas County Commissioner
David Tolliver, Raleigh County Commissioner
Bill Shiflet, Private Sector
John Norman, Private Sector
Anna Carpenter, Webster County Commissioner
William Hannabass, City of Oak Hill
Jason Roberts, President
Executive Director - Region 1 Planning & Development Council
Administrative Assistant - Region 1 Planning & Development Council
John Tuggle, Treasurer/ Assistant Secretary
Executive Director - Region 4 Planning & Development Council
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.