He made the same argument before the subcommittee in May, when the matter was first addressed. The committee started to investigate the purchases following a series of news reports.
He also cited a report, released Jan. 23, from U.S. Inspector General Todd Zinser. The report states West Virginia did not spend the funds effectively, doesn't do a good job of keeping an inventory of the routers and didn't enter into agreements with the locations that received the equipment about actually using it.
Strickling said the inspector general found no evidence of fraud in its investigation. Walden said Allred's report dug more deeply than the inspector general's.
Allred said Wednesday that he was invited to testify before the subcommittee but declined when he found out he could do so only in person. He was familiar with Strickling's criticisms and and called them "dead wrong"
"I simply don't believe Mr. Strickling read this report," Allred said.
He said his report used what Cisco and the governor's office claimed to be the discounted price for the routers. Additionally, the state says it received 100 additional routers without cost because it agreed to buy all the routers at one time.
While Strickling argues that would have negated any cost savings from switching to the smaller model, Allred disagreed.
"Obviously Cisco would have discounted the smaller routers as well," Allred said. "If you buy 1,100 of anything, you're going to get a discount. Or at least you should."
He used list prices for the smaller routers in writing his report, so he thinks his cost saving estimates are conservative.
Most Democrats on the subcommittee also said they thought some of West Virginia's actions were questionable. However, those who spoke supported the idea of preparing for the future and said any mistakes were not emblematic of the national broadband expansion initiative.
Walden said he wants West Virginia to pay back all the money it received from the grant.
Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., asked Strickling how to remedy the situation. Strickling replied that he thought the governor and Cisco were working to find a solution.
"I think the report points out that the previous administration made mistakes," Allred said. "It is my understanding that the present gubernatorial administration is trying as best they can to fix those mistakes."
A Tomblin spokeswoman said the governor's office is continuing to look into the matter and soon will release more information about its next steps.