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STATE GOVERNMENT NEW LAW TAKES ON RECKLESS SPENDING
- use the secondary bid system for routine, day-to-day purchases. In 2010, state officials used secondary bids to buy more than 1,000 Internet routers for $24 million. The routers were designed for facilities with hundreds of Internet...
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
U.S. PROBING FIBER-OPTIC CABLE PROJECT NETWORK WAS SCALED BACK, BUT ENTIRE BUDGET WAS SPENT
- nor denies investigations. In January 2013, the Commerce Department's inspector general released an audit about West Virginia's use of $24 million in federal stimulus funds to buy Internet routers that connected public facilities to...
Published: Tuesday, October 07, 2014
$2.5M IN BROADBAND STIMULUS FUNDS LIKELY HEADED BACK TO WASHINGTON
- Auditor released a scathing report, finding that state officials wasted at least $7.9 million - and up to $15 million - after buying oversized Internet routers for small libraries and other public facilities with only a few Internet...
Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014
BROADBAND EXPANSION CITYNET WANTS HALT TO FRONTIER PAYMENTS
- last week, state lawmakers raised questions about Frontier's fiber construction costs. Frontier is charging about $62,000 for each mile of fiber - about double the cost of similar projects elsewhere in West Virginia. Company officials...
Published: Sunday, November 24, 2013
CITYNET WANTS FRONTIER INVESTIGATED COMPANT ACCUSED OF STIFLING COMPETITION
- fiber. "It is unfortunate that Frontier refuses to honor and abide by its contractual commitments and continues to take whatever steps necessary to prevent competition from other carriers, Martin said. "It is because of these practices,...
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
STATE RUNS FIBER TO EMPTY SITE
- regional planning councils. As part of the grant, each site receives a $22,600 Cisco 3945 series router and fiber optic connection. The "enterprise-class" routers were designed to serve research universities, medical centers and large...
Published: Monday, June 25, 2012
NEARLY 70 STIMULUS-FUNDED ROUTERS UNUSED STATE OFFICIALS SEARCHING FOR SITES TO PUT HIGH-PRICED DEVICES
- network to another. The state audit and a previous federal audit, determined the state could have purchased smaller, less expensive routers for hundreds of sites. In response, Tomblin directed state officials to reconsider where they've...
Published: Thursday, June 06, 2013
SITES PICKED TO GET ROUTERS
- jobs program center in Charleston as possible sites scheduled to receive $22,600 Internet routers paid for by President Obama's economic stimulus package. The state's application for the federal stimulus funds specified the money be...
Published: Friday, July 13, 2012
BROADBAND DISCUSSION MUZZLED COUNCIL FORBIDDEN TO TALK ABOUT PROJECT BY TOMBLIN ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL
- to give out another $2 million this year. Fisher said current grant recipients and companies that plan to apply for state funds want to know whether their broadband projects could connect to the stimulus-funded statewide fiber network....
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
W.VA. AT RISK OF LOSING $2.5M IN STIMULUS FUNDS
- the feds don't approve the Citynet project, the $1.4 million Cisco credit would be used for equipment unrelated to broadband, Martin said. The excess funds for the Citynet project would come from a $126.3 million federal grant that...
Published: Sunday, January 05, 2014