CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials have rejected West Virginia's proposal to spend about $2.5 million in funds leftover from a broadband stimulus grant.
State chief technology officer Gale Given tells the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1eUDjTj ) that the state likely will have to return the unspent funds to the federal government.
The state wanted to award the funding to Citynet to help pay for a project that would give West Virginia direct connections to the national Internet "backbone" in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Columbus, Ohio.
The newspaper says the National Telecommunications & Information Administration rejected the proposal last week.
The state received more than $126 million in 2010 to expand high-speed Internet statewide. The federal agency told Given that the state failed to formally request an extension of the funding, which expired Dec. 31.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com