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HIGH-SPEED INTERNET 'BROADBAND SUMMIT' POSTPONED
- Last month, the state Legislative Auditor released a scathing report about the government's decision to use the stimulus funds to purchase oversized Internet routers. The audit followed a series of reports in the Gazette-Mail about...
Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013
W.VA. LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR'S REPORT AUDIT SLAMS $24 MILLION ROUTER BUY MILLIONS COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO EXPAND NETWORK, REPORT SAYS
- site. The routers, which funnel data from one computer network to another, cost $22,600 each. Auditors also determined that state officials purchased the oversized routers using a 2007 contract for Internet telephone service. The contract...
Published: Monday, February 11, 2013
VA. FIRM TO AUDIT W.VA. BROADBAND STIMULUS SPENDING
- and health clinics, even though the equipment is designed to serve major research universities, medical centers and large corporations. The routers cost $22,600 each. "If those routers are bigger than we need, then we need to figure...
Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
STATE SHIPPING ROUTERS TO HIGHER ED SITES
- In response to the audit, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered a review of more than 1,000 sites that received routers, which cost $22,600 each. That review is ongoing. When the state first started distributing routers in late 2010, West Virginia...
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
U.S. CONGRESS $24M ROUTER PURCHASE SLAMMED HOUSE GOP: 'MILLIONS AND MILLIONS WASTED' BY W.VA. GOVERNMENT
- were assigned. Based on the federal analysis, the state's decision to put a $22,600 router at the Marmet library was appropriate because the facility sits in Kanawha County, a county with more than 20,000 people. "The [inspector general]...
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013
U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE WANTS INQUIRY INTO ROUTERS
- health clinics, even though the pricey devices were designed to serve research universities, major medical centers and large corporations. More than 1,000 routers were purchased at $22,600 each. Walden and Shimkus say federal officials...
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012
ROUTERS NO USE TO STATE POLICE
- - as necessary to "enhance the public safety of first responders and [West Virginia] citizens." The new routers - bought with stimulus funds for $22,600 each - lack voicemail modules, and State Police can't operate the agency's voicemail...
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
OFFICIAL DEFENDS $24M IN ROUTERS
- medical centers and large corporations. On Wednesday, U.S. Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling told federal lawmakers that West Virginia's bulk purchase of more than 1,000 "scalable" routers saved the state money. "Overall,...
Published: Friday, May 18, 2012
OFFICIAL DEFENDS ROUTER PURCHASE
- West Virginia "taxpayers were best served" by the state's decision to use $24 million in federal stimulus funds to purchase more than 1,000 high-end Internet routers for public facilities, a state official overseeing the spending has...
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012
HIGH-SPEED INTERNET BROADBAND CONSULTANTíS REPORT A SECRET MEMO'S CRITICISM 'EMBARRASSING'
- jails, 911 centers, planning agencies and other public facilities. About 630 sites are getting new fiber-optic connections. All 1,100 locations are receiving high-capacity routers. A recent West Virginia Legislative Audit report found...
Published: Monday, March 18, 2013