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GROUP TO HOST RURAL BROADBAND SUMMIT EVENT SCHEDULED AFTER TOMBLIN OFFICIALS CANCELED CONFERENCE EARLIER THIS YEAR
In February, the state legislative auditor released a scathing report about the government's decision to purchase more than 1,000 high-capacity Internet routers. Auditors found that state officials wasted at least $7.9 million - and
Published: Wednesday, June 05, 2013
INTERNET EXPANSION STATE COULD LOSE $4.4M PLAN TO GIVE LEFTOVER FUNDS TO CITYNET DENIED
- public facilities. Instead, the state scaled back the project to 675 miles of fiber, and only 590 buildings received high-speed connections. State officials also used the stimulus funds to purchase more than 1,100 high-capacity Internet...
Published: Sunday, December 01, 2013
'OVERKILL FOR HIGH-SPEED INTERNET' STATE PAID $22K EACH FOR ROUTERS DEVICES MADE FOR COLLEGES NOW IN RURAL LIBRARIES, SCHOOLS
- ago, after receiving a $126 million federal stimulus grant to expand high-speed Internet across West Virginia. The Cisco 3945 series routers, which cost $22,600 each, are built to serve "tens of thousands" of users or device connections,...
Published: Sunday, May 06, 2012
BROADBAND FUNDS WASTED, CITYNET ALLEGES STATE ALSO ALLOWING FRONTIER TO SHUT OUT COMPETITORS, SAYS NET SERVICE PROVIDER
- money. Frontier and Verizon are driving this whole process." Martin pointed to an e-mail that discloses the state's plan to spend $24 million on 1,064 commercial routers for the broadband network. The state never checked to see whether...
Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
STATE TO REVEAL BROADBAND BALANCE
- request followed a series of Charleston Gazette reports that raised questions about the state's decision to purchase more than 1,000 Internet routers at $22,600 each. The state is installing the routers primarily in rural schools and...
Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012
BULK OF COURTHOUSE ROUTERS NEVER USED OFFICIALS PUT BRAKES ON STATE TAX AGENCY PROJECT BECAUSE OF STIMULUS
- In their place, the state is installing larger Internet routers at the courthouses. The routers were purchased in July 2010 with federal economic stimulus funds. The stimulus also will pay to bring fiber-optic cable to each courthouse....
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2012
FRONTIER DEFENDS $42M FIBER CONSTRUCTION CHARGE
- Sen. Bob Williams, D-Taylor. "Yes we do," Waldo said. The state also used the stimulus funds to buy more than 1,000 high-capacity Internet routers for $24 million - a decision that wasted up to $15 million in stimulus funds, according...
Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
OFFICIALS REVIEW PURCHASE REFORMS
- - and more likely $15 million - by purchasing high-capacity routers for rural libraries and other small public facilities. The routers cost $22,600 each. Auditors also determined that state officials bought the oversized routers using...
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
W.VA. LEGISLATURE SENATE BILL REINS IN AGENCY PURCHASING
- 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 public facilities with hundreds of Internet...
Published: Saturday, February 15, 2014
STATE INTERNET EXPANSION PROJECT WE ‘FELL A BIT SHORT,’ W.VA. TECH CHIEF SAYS SHORTCOMINGS IN RELAYING INFORMATION TO PUBLIC AGENCIES ARE ACKNOWLEDGED
- a little bit short" notifying public agencies across the state about the use and capabilities of Internet routers purchased for $24 million with federal stimulus funds, Chief Technology Officer Gale Given told state lawmakers Monday....
Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012