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West Virginia Could Lose Millions in Internet Funding

By The Associated Press,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia could lose more than $2.5 million in federal funding that it received to expand high-speed Internet service statewide.

The money is leftover from a $126.3 million stimulus grant awarded to the state in 2010. Any excess funds that aren't spent by Dec. 31 must be returned to the federal government.

The state wants to award the funding to Citynet for a broadband project. Citynet proposes establishing nine facilities to connect to the national Internet "backbone" in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The Associated Press reports that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration declined last month to approve the project. In a letter to the state, the agency cited several problems, including the state's failure to provide information about its plans to return unused routers to Cisco Systems.

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