Waldo stood up, left the governor's conference room, and didn't return.
After the meeting, Martin said he was just asking a question. He said Frontier's Internet DSL service in rural areas doesn't provide the 1-megabit upload speed -- a minimum standard passed by the Legislature and set into law earlier this year.
"[Waldo] couldn't defend it," Martin said. "That's why he blew up."
Martin said Waldo repeatedly has misled state lawmakers and Broadband Deployment Council members.
"It's unfortunate that Frontier is misleading the council that its current broadband technology meets the state definition of broadband," he said.
A Frontier spokesman said the company offers 1-megabit-per-second upload speeds to customers in rural parts of the state, and faster speeds in urban areas.
Martin said his criticism of West Virginia's broadband expansion project -- Frontier is a leading contractor -- has been verified by independent consultants and the state Legislative Auditor's Office, which has cited waste and mismanagement of the stimulus-funded project.
"Frontier is relying on 3-year-old stories and documents," Martin said. "But both an independent consultant hired by the Governor's Office, and the legislative auditor have confirmed what I said was true."
Also Wednesday, Broadband Council members:
• Awarded $156,660 in grant funds to StratusWave Communications, which plans to bring wireless Internet service to two communities -- Alma and Shirley -- in Tyler County. The company expects that nearly 40 new households will subscribe to high-speed Internet service.
• Rejected grant applications from the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority, McDowell County Economic Development Authority, Mercer County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia Municipal League. The groups said their projects would increase demand for broadband service. However, a consultant told Broadband Council members that the proposals would do little to spur people to subscribe to high-speed Internet.
Lawmakers plan to question Waldo and Gale Given, the state's chief technology officer, about the $126.3 million broadband expansion project during interim meetings next week.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.