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Fiber Network Goes Unused at West Virginia Libraries
Written by Your 5News Team
Created on December 10, 2012 @ 6:05PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A plan that used federal stimulus funds to install fiber-optic cable and expensive routers in West Virginia libraries has run into a roadblock because the state Library Commission can't pay for upgraded Internet service under an existing contract.
 
The Charleston Gazette reports more than 160 libraries have the new routers and fiber connections as part of $126.3 million broadband expansion project, but the fiber connections remain unused.
 
The state Library Commission pays $960,000 a year for Internet service at libraries. Under an existing statewide contract, the commission can't afford to pay for the new fiber service.
 
The commission has started an application for a new reimbursement agreement with the federal government, a process can take up to 18 months. The application can't be completed without a new statewide contract.

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