"The remaining routers are pending designation once the replacement community anchor institution list is approved by the NTIA," said Diane Holley-Brown, a spokeswoman for the state's technology office. "Once the Office of Technology receives approval from NTIA, these routers will also be shipped out to the respective anchor institution locations."
Routers funnel data, such as email and web pages, from one network to another.
For now, hundreds of stimulus-funded routers remain unused at six storage sites -- in Nitro, Morgantown, South Charleston, Big Chimney, and at two locations in Charleston.
The state Office of Technology alone has 234 of the 366 stored routers stacked up in two locations -- the basement of Building 6 at the state Capitol and in a 10th floor conference room in Building 5. The office is housing routers for jails, health clinics, regional development groups and other agencies.
Seventy-seven of the routers stored at the technology office already have been assigned to a site, Holley-Brown said.
Nearly 70 routers designated for libraries remain in storage. The state Department of Education has 63 routers boxed up.
All 55 routers assigned to county courthouses across West Virginia haven't been shipped.
On the positive side, West Virginia State Police have distributed 76 of 77 routers received to detachments and other offices.
Also, 51 of the state's 55 emergency 911 centers have received routers.
Although 738 routers have been distributed to public facilities across West Virginia over the past two years, the state's broadband project team doesn't keep track of how many of the devices have been installed and turned on.
"Since most of the community anchor institutions do not order service through the Office of Technology, we cannot provide that information," Holley-Brown said. "Currently, the primary focus at the time is deploying the routers to the anchor locations. These locations are in various stages of implementation."
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.