CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The CEO of Internet provider Citynet wants state payments halted to Frontier Communications for fiber-optic cable construction.
Jim Martin has asked the state government's chief technology officer in a letter to halt the payments and conduct an audit of the construction project. The project is part of a $126 million federal stimulus grant to expand high-speed Internet across West Virginia.
Frontier, which is owed about $26 million, installed 675 miles of fiber cable to public facilities.
State lawmakers last week raised questions about Frontier's fiber construction costs. The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1ef4RmJ) reports Frontier is charging about $62,000 for each mile of fiber, or about double the cost of similar projects elsewhere in the state.
Frontier spokesman Dan Page says he hasn't received a copy of Martin's letter.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com