Governor Says VITA Should Open Up Big Technology Purchase
As a major deal moves closer to fruition, the Governor has decided that as much as possible should be open to the public.
VITA, or the Virginia Information Technology Association, is planning on having contractors come in and manage the state's hardware and software assets. The hardware deal alone could be worth $1.6 billion-$3 billion to the successful vendor.
Originally the negotiations were kept very close, but recently there have been a lot of complaints about the state spending a lot of money without the taxpayers seeing what is going on. That's when the governor came out and decided the process should be more open, and that any technology company that gets the bid should not be taking jobs out of the state.
Who's paying for all of this? Of course the Virginia taxpayers are. Part of the plan, however, involves using millions in tobacco settlement money and other funds. The state wants to make high-speed Internet access available in Southside and Southwest Virginia to help revive the economies of tobacco-dependent areas.
Speaking as someone who hasn't been able to get DSL for years now, anything that improves infrastructure is a great thing, especially for this region. I am curious, however, with limited funds and a lot of work to do -- how is VITA and other agencies deciding what to pay for and what not? I'd like to hear more about that, because something tells me that after all this money gets spent, I'm still not going to have DSL.