Gardner Statement on NTIA Lifting EAGLE-Net’s Suspension
COLO. – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) released the following statementon the news that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is allowing the stimulus funded broadband provider EAGLE-Net to resume the build out of its network:
“The suspension should not have been lifted until all of the problems and issues of government competition had been worked out. We’re still waiting on an overdue state review of EAGLE-Net’s operations, and federally we are preparing to ask the Inspector General’s office to conduct its own audit of EAGLE-Net’s finances and sustainability. Until we have a full accounting of how the taxpayers money was spent and how it will be managed moving forward, it is irresponsible to let this project continue with business as usual.
"The fact that they need even more money shows how mismanaged this program has been - I am curious if EAGLE-Net will promise to never compete with the private sector for community anchor business as the Denver Post comments reflect."