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W.Va. Broadband-Expansion Panel Pays $2M Of $5M Budget To Pa. Consultants
By Eric Eyre, Charleston Gazette Staff writer
A governor-appointed council set up to give away $5 million in state funds for projects to bring high-speed Internet to homes and businesses in West Virginia wound up paying nearly $2 million to an out-of-state consulting firm, according to a financial statement released last week.
Since late 2009, the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council has paid L.R. Kimball, an Edensburg, Pennsylvania-based company, $1.88 million. The payments are expected to top $2 million — about 40 percent of the council's entire $5 million legislative appropriation — by Dec. 31, the day the council is scheduled to be disbanded.
L.R. Kimball received the bulk of its consulting fees — nearly $1 million — to manage the Broadband Deployment Council's grant program. The council has awarded 11 grants over the past two years.
Council Chairman Dan O'Hanlon said Kimball's consultants have done exemplary work, but he acknowledged, "They're not cheap."
Kimball has charged the council about $30,000 a month this year, O'Hanlon said. "They're very knowledgeable, very professional," O'Hanlon said.
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