9:49 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Feds Investigate W.Va. Broadband Stimulus Project

Credit SalomonCeb / wikimedia Commons

  A West Virginia high-speed Internet project is being investigated by the federal government.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the U.S. Department of Commerce's inspector general has asked state officials to turn over thousands of documents related to a fiber-optic cable network built by Frontier Communications.

The $42 million project was funded with federal stimulus money.

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Government Spending
11:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

W.Va. Faces Loss of Leftover Broadband Funds

Federal officials have rejected West Virginia's proposal to spend about $2.5 million in funds leftover from a broadband stimulus grant.
     State chief technology officer Gale Given tells the Charleston Gazette that the state likely will have to return the unspent funds to the federal government.

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West Virginia Morning
10:02 am
Tue December 10, 2013

The Legislature Discusses Broadband, Builder Levy Documents Changes to Appalachia, & Tim O'Brien

The legislature takes a closer look at how the state handles the purchasing of technology and broadband infrastructure, Builder Levy returns to Appalachia to document the changes since he first photographed the region in the '60s, Tim O'Brien is not only a Grammy nominee but also a recent inductee of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

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Broadband Expansion
12:29 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Cost, Access to Frontier Broadband Project Questioned

Senator Bob Williams questions the cost of the BTOP expansion project during a Joint Committee on Technology at the Capitol.
Ashton Marra

The terms “router-gate” and “tower-gate” have been thrown around in committee meetings, in newspaper articles, on social media, to refer to what some are calling major mess ups by the previous and current administrations’ efforts to expand internet access across the state.

The funds those scandals misused came to West Virginia as a grant under the Federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, or BTOP. Legislative audits show that money was misused in various ways and now some are calling on the state to take a look at whether the expansion of the broadband fiber optic cable network has also been mismanaged.

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3:45 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

If you’re not wired yet, you may be soon

Sen. Jay Rockefeller is honorary chair of the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation.
Credit Politico

West Virginia Internet providers say they're working hard to reach the nine percent of people who lack broadband access, but hurdles remain.

The internet providers spoke Monday at the third Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation Broadband Summit in Morgantown.

The Foundation was formed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller who noted when the last broadband summit was held four years ago, less than 72 percent of West Virginians had access to broadband. Today, 91 percent have access.

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