"There were a variety of things in the field that drove up those costs," McKenzie said.
He said legal and audit fees, and a federal requirement to pay prevailing wages to workers also increased costs.
Also Sunday night:
* Given told state lawmakers she remains "hopeful" that federal officials will give the state an extension to complete the high-speed Internet expansion project. The state will have to return $2.5 million in leftover stimulus funds if the feds don't grant the extension. The deadline for completing the project was Dec. 31.
The state plans to distribute the $2.5 million to Citynet, a Bridgeport company that hopes to install equipment that will connect West Virginia to the national Internet "backbone" in Columbus and Pittsburgh.
"Right now," I don't have a sense of what's going to happen," Given said. "I'm still hopeful, but I have nothing to base that on."
* State lawmakers reiterated a longstanding request that Frontier release engineering maps that detail fiber construction. McKenzie said the company would talk to Given about turning over the maps. Williams said the maps would "ensure what we're being bill for is actually what we received."
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