W.V. Officials Look To Finish Broadband Project

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) - West Virginia is playing catch up on a delayed project to use federal stimulus funding to expand high-speed Internet access in the state.

State Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato says Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin's office plans to submit a plan this week to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on the $126.3 million project.

The money will pay for upgrades to broadband service at libraries, health-care facilities, 911 centers, schools, fire stations and public agencies.

Federal officials discovered the plan was well behind schedule and ordered the state to come up with a solution. State schools Superintendent Jorea Marple also recently criticized the project's lack of progress.

The Charleston Gazette reports telecommunications company Frontier has pledged to assign additional workers to the project.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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