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Feds Investigate W.Va. Broadband Stimulus Project

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  A West Virginia high-speed Internet project is being investigated by the federal government.

The Charleston Gazette reports that 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.

The $42 million project was funded with federal stimulus money.

Documents sought by the government include invoices submitted by Frontier to the state and emails and files of eight former and current state officials.

State officials say they're cooperating with the investigation.

Frontier spokesman Dan Page tells the newspaper that the inspector general also has requested records from the company. He says the company will comply with the request, which he calls a standard aspect of the grant oversight process.

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