WV’s $24 million router purchase questioned on Capitol Hill


The Kanawha County’s Marmet Branch Library was the focus of discussions at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers questioned West Virginia’s use of stimulus money to purchase routers.

During a congressional hearing, members of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology pulled out a picture of the library and asked why a $22,600 Internet router was purchased for the tiny library that has a single computer.

“The Market Public Library is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in a single wide trailer with one Internet connection,” said subcommittee chairman U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon. “You really think that’s going to build out to where they have a need for a couple hundred internet connection router in a community of 1,500?”



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