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Only 30 schools have WiFi so far under statewide contract, but ENA says project’s on schedule

Only 30 of the more than 200 Idaho high schools and junior highs set to get state-funded WiFi service under a statewide contract are up and running with the service, Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News reports, but the contractor, Education Networks of America, says the project is on schedule to reach completion by March. Lawmakers this year will have to decide whether to continue to fund the project, for which state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna signed a five- to 15-year contract based only on this year’s funding. You can read Richert’s full report here.

Even after downward adjustment, ENA price still higher than low bidders

Idaho Education News has a report this afternoon noting that even after the downward adjustment in the price tag for the controversial statewide high school WiFi contract (see my story here), the cost is still higher than the low bid submitted by a different firm, Tek-Hut Inc. of Twin Falls; you can read their full report here. Tek-Hut bid $1.65 million a year for the contract; Education Networks of America’s successful bid was $2.11 million a year, which now, due to an agreement to charge only for schools ENA actually connects, will drop next year to about $1.89 million. Another bid, from ID Consulting, which unlike Tek-Hut didn’t make the short list of three finalists for the contract, came in at $1.86 million a year.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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