Sigmon struggled to drag and lift the heavy box. He opened it. The router was still in its original packaging.
Sigmon declined to answer questions about the router's future and whether Region 2 administrators told state officials or Frontier about the pending move last fall. He referred those questions to his boss, Michelle Craig, the Region 2 Planning Council's executive director. Craig did not respond to three phone messages and an email.
Frontier spokesman Dan Page said the company wasn't aware of the Huntington-based agency's moving plans last October. Frontier follows directives from the state's grant implementation team, Page said.
"I'm not aware of any notification," he said. "Our charge is to bring fiber to specific sites. We build it to where they tell us to build it."
West Virginia homeland security chief Jimmy Gianato, who heads the federal stimulus broadband expansion project, said he was unaware that Frontier had installed fiber to an empty building. Gianato was unsure whether Frontier had billed for the work and been paid.
"If we would have known about the move beforehand, we wouldn't have built to that site," he said. "But somebody's going to benefit from that fiber being there. They can use the fiber."
Indeed, somebody might.
In April, the Huntington law firm of Lamp, O'Dell, Bartram, Levy, Trautwein and Perry PLLC bought the building at 720 Fourth Ave., where the Region 2 Council leased office space.
The firm paid $540,000 for the property, and plans to move there from its current River Tower office in late July.
Matt Perry, a lawyer with the firm, said he didn't know the law firm's new location would have a high-speed fiber connection paid for by the federal stimulus. He said the building's former owner never mentioned it.
Perry said his firm, which has about a dozen employees, likely wouldn't need the extra Internet speed.
"I don't know if we could functionally use it," he said.
Sigmon said the fiber offers incredibly fast download speeds -- speeds that his agency will never use because it doesn't have such a fiber connection at its new headquarters.
"It's the best fiber," he said. "It's the best fiber you can get."
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.