(05/25/2010)
The West Virginia Public Service Commission's watchdog says he wants to make sure Frontier Communications doesn't use federal stimulus money to meet a $48 million requirement to expand high-speed Internet across West Virginia.

Last week's decision required Frontier to invest $48 million to expand broadband availability to customers, but it appears Frontier might be wanting to include stimulus funding that is distributed through WV state agencies.

"The commission should make clear that its ban on the use of federal stimulus funding to meet or offset the $48 million broadband investment requirement also applies to stimulus funding that is distributed through state agencies," said the WV-PSC.

Frontier has made a broad promise to bring "broadband" to about 85% of its customers.

Current "broadband" requirements are wide and broad, and in many cases, the service rates slightly above dial-up service.


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