La. can't appeal loss of $80M grant

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Posted: Nov 9, 2011 2:21 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2011 2:21 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Louisiana, Appeal, Loss, Grant

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's won't be able to regain an $80 million federal grant to expand broadband Internet connections.

The money instead will be returned to the U.S. Treasury, because the state doesn't have any ability to appeal the loss.

That's the word from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which rescinded the grant last month.

The department questioned whether Louisiana could accomplish its plan in the time allowed and
questioned whether changes made met the goals of the grant.

Commerce Department Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling says in a statement to The Associated Press that his agency worked with the state to rescue the project but has "now concluded that we have to move on."

State officials have asked Commerce to reverse its decision, but the grant process doesn't include an appeal option.

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