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Fairfax firm to review W.Va.'s use of broadband funds

Tuesday - 5/8/2012, 9:55am  ET

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia has asked a Virginia consulting firm to review its use of a $126 million federal grant to expand high-speed Internet access across the state.

Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette tells the Charleston Gazette that the review by Fairfax, Va.-based ICF International will include a financial audit.

The newspaper reported earlier this week that high-powered Internet routers designed to serve large entities are being installed in small libraries, elementary schools and health clinics.

Burdette says he doesn't know if decisions that have been made were right or wrong. He says ICF will provide guidance on how to maximize the federal funds.

ICF was hired in March to analyze the state's existing broadband infrastructure and advise the state on the project.

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


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