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W.Va. gov revisiting $24M Internet router deal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are reconsidering where to install high-capacity Internet routers purchased with federal stimulus funds after audits blistered the $24 million deal.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday announced a 30-day review of the schools, libraries and other community institutions slated to host these routers.

Among other concerns, legislative auditors slammed the buying of Cisco routers for anchor sites that would never need their capacity. Five are within a half-mile of each other in Clay County where less than 500 people live. And while a Kanawha County public library located in a single-wide trailer got a router, an area high school with more than 1,200 students did not.

Tomblin also said Cisco has agreed to exchange unneeded routers while extending all warranties by three years.

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