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“A bizarre operation”: Why West Virginia stuck $22,600 routers in tiny libraries

Ars Technica – “West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette has been hopping mad this week as one of its reporters learned that the state has been sticking 1,064 high-end $22,600 routers into “little public institutions as small as rural libraries with just one computer terminal.” When reporter Eric Eyre actually called up Cisco posing as a customer, he was told by a rep that the company’s 3945 series routers were “our router solution for campus and large enterprises, so this is overkill for your network.” Instead, the rep recommended a far cheaper commercial grade router for $500. And while the 3945 series routers might be massively overkill for many of the locations to which they have been deployed, 366 of them aren’t even being used. Instead, they’re sitting in a warehouse.”

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State says Boston public schools overspending on book purchases

Boston Globe – “The Boston School Department has routinely skirted state bidding laws in buying novels, plays, and other books, causing it to potentially spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more than necessary, according to an investigation by the state Inspector General’s Office. In many instances, the School Department paid more for the books than what members of the general public would spend when they buy them on the websites of national retailers, including some of the same vendors that the School Department uses, the investigation found.”

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