W.Va. officials defend stimulus broadband spending

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia bought hundreds of expensive routers as part of an ambitious plan to create a long-lasting, high-capacity broadband network throughout the state.

That’s the response that state officials have given to a pair of congressional chairmen who had raised questions about West Virginia’s handling of $126 million in federal stimulus funding.

Those questions include the decision to buy more than 1,000 high-capacity routers for locations that include small schools and libraries. The state’s written response says these locations will become hubs that will serve their surrounding communities.

The state’s plan also includes linking the massive Greenbank radio telescope observatory to the rest of the world. Greenbank now shares its data by shipping disks to West Virginia University by truck.

The Associated Press requested a copy of the response.

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