West Virginia: Library’s $20,000 router cost more than the building

“Public libraries rarely own and operate Internet routers that are worth more than the building in which the library sits. Rather incredibly, however, that was the case for at least one library in West Virginia. The state has been pilloried for using federal funds to buy enterprise-grade Cisco 3945 routers at around $20,000 apiece and then installing them at every “anchor institution” in the state, no matter how small. That led to many ridiculous situations, though the most ridiculous of all may have taken place in the town of Marmet. “The state installed a $22,600 router at the Marmet Public Library, which has a single Internet connection,” according to Charleston Gazette. We covered the Marmet case earlier this week but didn’t realize just how crazy the story was. Thankfully, the paper has the punchline: “The router cost more than the trailer that houses the Marmet Library, according to Kanawha County Commission staff.”

via Ars Technica

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