W.Va. seeks ideas for unspent broadband funds

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia has $9 million left over from a federal broadband grant and is looking for ideas on how to spend the money.

The state received a $126.3 million stimulus grant to expand high-speed Internet access to rural areas. Any money that isn’t spent by Jan. 31, 2013, will be returned to the federal government.

The state is asking companies to submit proposals for projects. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday.

Office of Technology spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown tells the Charleston Gazette that the state wants input from a wide range of vendors on possible uses for the money.

Companies submitting proposals must provide a 20 percent funding match.

The winning proposals will be submitted to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration for approval.

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