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Routers Purchased By State Criticized By Computer Expert
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Feb. 11, 2013 10:45 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 11, 2013 10:54 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
The State of West Virginia purchased $24 million worth of high powered broadband internet routers. The routers will be used for state agencies. But the amount spent was criticized by a legislative auditor at the Capitol on Sunday. Now, a computer expert is slamming the State for the unnecessary purchase.
Stephanie Heck is programmer and router specialist with Sheck Technologies. Heck said, "They bought a Mazarati in absence of a road qualified to carry it, when a Volkswagon would've done the job."
Heck says the lack of bandwidth in WV makes the purchase of high powered routers in many cases a waste. "They bought routers appropriate for a large medical center or for small college or large high schools and assigned them to grade schools and public libraries. They would only use one percent of their technical potential."
Sunday afternoon, the House of Delegates heard a report from Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred on the purchase of routers. A total $24 million was spent. In some cases, a $40 router is being replaced with a $20 thousand router. Governor Tomblin's Chief of Staff Rob Alsop says the expensive routers are an investment for West Virginia's future.
Heck says the legislature was told the routers are part of a ten year plan when in reality the average life of these routers is five years.
Heck said, "This could've been done with a router properly configured for $200 to $500 and done with 3 percent of the money spent. I'd love to see the political people talk to the technical people before such large scale decisions are made."
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