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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Idaho pays $3.5 million to feds in final settlement over defunct school broadband network

Idaho has sent $3.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission as part of a settlement over the defunct Idaho Education Network, to settle claims over federal payments to 63 Idaho …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Otter: $3.4 million broadband settlement reached

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and top legislative leaders announced Thursday they had reached a $3.4 million settlement with the vendors involved in a lengthy lawsuit over a failed public …


Idaho countersues in broadband case

Even as two vendors from the now-defunct Idaho Education Network are suing the state of Idaho in federal court seeking payment of unpaid bills from the IEN, the state has …


Idaho hit with two federal lawsuits over failed broadband network

Two politically connected vendors are suing the state of Idaho in federal court after Attorney General Lawrence Wasden demanded that they pay back all the money they were paid for …


Vendors seek back pay from Idaho on school broadband network

BOISE – The two vendors for the now-defunct Idaho Education Network have filed claims against the state of Idaho, seeking millions in back payments for high school broadband service they …


North Idaho school districts say collapse of network contract is actually benefit

Far from leaving them in the dark without service, the demise of Idaho’s multimillion-dollar statewide school broadband network has brought several North Idaho school districts better service at a lower …


Idaho pulling plug on broadband network

BOISE – The much-vaunted Idaho Education Network is officially defunct, state lawmakers declared Tuesday, as they approved new emergency funding for school districts to find their own vendors and buy …


Idaho schools broadband contract may be headed for rebid

BOISE – Idaho officials are scrambling to find a way to keep the statewide broadband network that serves high schools running after a judge tossed out the 5-year-old, $60 million …


Eye on Boise: Schools’ Internet provider caught up in funding tangle

BOISE – The troubled Idaho Education Network – the broadband network that links every Idaho high school and also provides video-conferencing – faces an uncertain future, though lawmakers have ensured …


Idaho schools that opt out of Wi-Fi will get state money

BOISE – Idaho school districts that opted to not join a controversial statewide contract for high school Wi-Fi services should qualify for state funding for their own wireless networks, state …


Idaho schools broadband contract extension through 2019 surprises lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who agreed under pressure this week to pay $6.6 million to a broadband contractor say they were dismayed and alarmed to learn that the state last …


Idaho school Wi-Fi contract sees cut; flat fee dropped

BOISE – Under pressure from legislators, Idaho’s state education department and the company it selected to provide Wi-Fi to high schools statewide have agreed that payment should be made only …


203 schools opt in

BOISE – Just over half of eligible schools have decided to sign up for Idaho’s new statewide high school Wi-Fi contract, putting the state’s cost for the coming year at …


Contract ‘bad deal,’ expert says

BOISE – A nationally recognized information technology expert calls Idaho’s multimillion-dollar, multiyear contract for Wi-Fi service at its high schools “ridiculous” and “just a bad deal.” Leon Kappelman, a professor …


Gov. Butch Otter tepid on school Wi-Fi deal

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter weighed in Monday on a controversial multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract for Wi-Fi networks in Idaho high schools, saying, “It’s not necessarily how I would have …


Eye on Boise: Idaho school Wi-Fi contract questioned by lawmakers

BOISE – A rare clash between two branches of Idaho’s government has been roiling Boise for the past week, after state schools Superintendent Tom Luna signed a five- to 15-year …


Official: Price one part of wireless pact

BOISE – Idaho officials concede the five-year, $2.1 million annual contract the state Department of Education signed Wednesday with a Tennessee company to install Wi-Fi service in public high schools …


Multiyear Wi-Fi contract awarded to Luna backer

BOISE – Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna on Wednesday defiantly issued a five- to 15-year contract to a Nashville, Tenn., company to run Wi-Fi networks in Idaho high schools, …


Idaho school Wi-Fi plan surprises legislators

BOISE – Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna is about to sign a 15-year, multimillion-dollar contract for a private company to set up Wi-Fi networks in every high school in …


Ex-official has role in laptop deal

BOISE – A former Idaho state official now with Education Networks of America would play a key role under the state’s $182 million, eight-year contract for laptop computers for high …