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Dec 7, 2012 4:30 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Internet company faces suspension over rural lines

DENVER (AP) - An Internet company that received federal stimulus funds to provide service to rural communities is facing suspension over complaints it spent tax dollars to build fiber optic lines in communities where there is already high-speed service.

Eagle-Net, a quasi-government run Internet service provider, was originally awarded a $100 million stimulus grant. The company was notified Thursday the contract is being suspended because of compliance issues.

In one case, the company installed a fiber optic line in Flagler, a community of 561 in eastern Colorado where two other private companies already have fiber optic lines.

According to KUSA-TV (http://tinyurl.com/b9nwtlx), several members of Colorado's congressional delegation complained about the company's service.

The company says it is working to answer the complaints and assured current customers their service will not be disrupted.

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Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

 

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