CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Four years after Internet routers were purchased for each county courthouse in West Virginia, most are in storage.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the routers were replaced by much more expensive ones bought with federal stimulus funds.
In 2008 the state Tax Department spent $258,000 on 55 routers to funnel data from the courthouses to Charleston because the state Supreme Court wanted its own network. A dozen of them were installed.
In 2010, the state used $24 million in stimulus funds to buy new routers for public facilities.
A month later, the state Office of Technology ordered the Tax Department to hand over 43 of the 55 routers that still hadn't been installed. Most of those are now in storage in a basement at the state Capitol complex.
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