- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s Broadband Deployment Council plans to disband at the end of year.

The council is charged with expanding high-speed Internet in the state. The Legislature denied the council’s request this year for another $5 million to provide grants for broadband projects.

Without more funding, the council’s chairman, Dan O’Hanlon, tells the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/UnYSrI) that there’s nothing left to do except report on past grants.

The Legislature allocated $5 million when the council was created five years ago. The council has distributed about $3.7 million in grants.

The council also hired a consulting firm to review grant applications and create an online map of broadband service in West Virginia.

O’Hanlon says the council has about $800,000 in leftover funds. The money will be spent on project audits and reports.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com