(10/09/2014)
A West Virginia high-speed Internet project is being investigated by the federal government, reports say the U.S. Department of Commerce's inspector general has asked state officials to turn over thousands of documents related to a fiber-optic cable network built by Frontier Communications.

Questions have been raised about a $42 million project funded with federal stimulus money.

The report says documents sought by the government include invoices submitted by Frontier to the state and emails and files of eight former and current state officials.

West Virginia officials say they're cooperating with the investigation.

State media has reported on a myriad of problems related to the spending of millions of dollars to bring broadband to under-served rural areas of West Virginia, with the state ranking near the bottom with broadband access.

READ:   U.S. investigates W.Va. fiber cable project   By Eric Eyre for the Charleston Gazette


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