West Virginia University, Glenville State College and Concord University also requested and received routers.
In 2010, the state Higher Education Policy Commission, which oversees public colleges in West Virginia, applied for $67 million in federal stimulus funds to create a high-speed Internet network that would connect all universities, community colleges and affiliated nonprofit research centers across the state. The proposed project included new routers for the sites. The federal government rejected the policy commission's funding request.
That same year, however, West Virginia received a $126.3 million grant for a separate project designed to expand high-speed Internet at "community anchor institutions" -- schools, libraries, health centers, jails, county courthouses, planning agencies, 911 centers and other public facilities. The state used $24 million of the $126.3 million to purchase 1,064 routers.
In recent months, state officials have struggled to find places to put the routers, and about 70 remain unassigned.
West Virginia's universities and community colleges, however, have helped whittle down the state's router inventory.
At Marshall, technicians are replacing old Cisco series 2800 and 3750 series routers with the new Cisco 3945 series routers paid for by the stimulus. Sites receiving routers include the university's medical education building, two pediatric medical centers and plastic and eye surgery centers.
Fox, who also serves on the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council, said having "common routers provides a more standard and robust network."
"These are not luxuries, but devices that maintain the medical, academic, research and administrative arms of our campus," Fox said. "It would be a shame to let these devices go to waste when we have such great institutional and community needs in higher education."Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.