- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
- Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death
W.Va. faces loss of leftover broadband funds
Question of the Day
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal officials have rejected West Virginia’s proposal to spend about $2.5 million in funds leftover from a broadband stimulus grant.
The decision means the state likely will have to return the unspent funds to the federal government, Gale Given, the state’s chief technology officer, told the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1eUDjTj ).
“That is my assumption,” Given sid.
The state wanted to award the funding to Citynet to help pay for a project that would give West Virginia direct connections to the national Internet “backbone” in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Columbus, Ohio. The National Telecommunications & Information Administration, which is overseeing the stimulus funds, rejected the proposal last week, the newspaper reported.
The federal agency said in a Jan. 16 letter to the state that the Citynet project did not comply with “programmatic requirements.” The agency also said state officials did not answer questions or provide sufficient details about the project, and did not submit a formal request to extend a Dec. 31 deadline to use the funding.
Given said her office was not advised during recent discussions with NTIA officials that it needed to request an extension 30 days in advance.
“When we did make the request, we were told that it was late, but that that was just a technicality,” she said.
The state received more than $126 million in 2010 to expand high-speed Internet statewide.
Sen. Bob Williams, D-Taylor, said he was “very disappointed” by NTIA’s decision.
“We had this money allocated to us, and I was hopeful the federal government would have allowed us to keep the money and use it to expand broadband access,” Williams told the newspaper. “This was a really good project that would have brought broadband to a large number of folks throughout West Virginia and created some additional competition to marketplace.”
The stimulus grant has been plagued by allegations of mismanagement and reckless spending.
A report released by the Legislative Auditor in February 2013 found that state officials wasted at least $7.9 million after buying oversized Internet routers for small libraries and other public facilities with only a few Internet connections. In October 2013, a second audit revealed that state officials circumvented state purchasing laws before awarding contracts to companies that were paid with stimulus funds.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com
TWT Video Picks
By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Evidence shows Russia firing artillery into Ukraine: Pentagon
- Cutler wins endorsement from gun control group
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- Algerian plane diverted due to storms, second aircraft: 116 missing
- Man says he shot burglar who said she was pregnant
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- Obama's empty tough-talk: Gun prosecutions plummet on his watch
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq