The miscalculation sent state officials scurrying to find "replacement sites" for the orphan routers.
The latest list of 175 replacement sites includes mostly schools, community and technical colleges, and Marshall University, which will receive 10 routers for buildings on its Huntington campus.
Holley-Brown said the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the federal agency overseeing the grant funds, has approved West Virginia's plans to pick sites that already have fiber and deliver routers to them.
"The grant application stated that fiber and connectivity would be provided to 1,064 community anchor institutions," she said. "During the implementation process, it was determined that some of these locations already have fiber so only a router was provided. NTIA is aware and supportive of this implementation."
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Inspector General and West Virginia Legislative Auditor are reviewing the router purchase.
Last July, senior aides to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin predicted that the majority of replacement sites would get fiber and routers. But the state isn't expected to bring fiber to additional public facilities, even if the federal government extends the project's completion deadline to Sept. 30.
The reason: Nearly all of the $126.3 million has been spent.
"The state will consider the concept of identifying community anchor institution sites that need routers and fiber along with other proposals that are under considerations for use of the remaining funds," Holley-Brown said. "A final decision on the use of those [leftover] funds has not yet been made."
About 30 of the routers remain without a designated home, but state officials plan to find a place for the equipment within the next several weeks. Verizon, the company that sold the Cisco routers to the state, provided 100 extra routers at no extra cost.
"We have a number of routers to place and are working to determine the best locations," Holley-Brown said.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.