Tomblin released a letter last week showing that Kyle Schafer, who was the state's chief technology officer at the time, signed off on the purchase order.
However, Schafer, who no longer works for the state, told the legislative auditor that he raised concerns that "many of these devices may be over-sized based on their designated locations."
Now Sen. Joe Manchin, who was governor at the time, wants to clear the air.
"I'm going to do a complete report at the Broadband (Deployment) Council and give a complete scenario of everything that came about," Manchin said Friday. The next meeting of the council is March 13.
That should be helpful.
The ever-quotable Manchin says he doesn't know "the difference between a router and a pencil sharpener."
That's fine, but somebody in his administration should have had the technical expertise to make sure the right routers were purchased so millions of dollars of taxpayer money would not have been wasted.
Cisco's willingness to help the Tomblin administration fix router-gate is a positive step forward, but that's only half the story.
Who, exactly, did this deal for the state and why?
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.