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

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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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