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Frontier refuses to repay government $4.7 million in grant money

Frontier Communications is refusing to return $4.7 million in grant money that the federal government says the state overpaid as part of a broadband internet extension project. (Frontier Communications)

Frontier Communications is refusing to return $4.7 million in grant money that the federal government says the state overpaid as part of a broadband internet extension project.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that Frontier sent a letter to state Chief Technology Officer John Dunlap earlier this week, telling him that the funds are "of course, not recoverable from Frontier."

Frontier said it built 675 miles of broadband fiber to reach underserved regions of the state as part of the $126 million project.

The Office of Inspector General had accused Frontier of having "unreasonable" invoice processing fees and charging at least $4.24 million in "unallowable" indirect charges.

Frontier said it only agreed to the project after state officials promised to reimburse the company for all direct and indirect costs.

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