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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 …


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 …


Legal costs reach $2 million for failed Idaho Education Network

Idaho’s top elected officials voted Tuesday to pay nearly $1 million for legal costs in the Idaho Education Network lawsuit, which the state lost.


Eye on Boise: Idaho Supreme Court slams ‘corrupted’ broadband project

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Eye on Boise: New state broadband network ruled out

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Eye on Boise: Idaho putting no limits on fishing in warm waters

Unlike neighboring states, Idaho’s not planning any fishing restrictions or closures due to warm water, according to state Fish and Game officials. “In many streams, what we’re seeing this year …


Idaho sees more school Internet savings

BOISE – The savings are continuing to mount after the demise of the Idaho Education Network. The service, aimed at providing broadband Internet, videoconferencing and other services to every high …


Teresa Luna lands Idaho security post

BOISE – Teresa Luna, who resigned the top job in Idaho’s state Department of Administration after controversy, has been hired as the new emergency planner for the state Bureau of …


Luna still on Idaho payroll at salary of $95,202

BOISE – Despite embattled former Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna’s announced resignation, she remains on the department’s payroll at the same salary and a new title. State records …


Idaho official resigns after failed broadband contract

BOISE – Teresa Luna, director of the Idaho Department of Administration and a central figure in the scandal over Idaho’s failed statewide school broadband network, will resign at the end …


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 …


Schools’ savings mount after ending IEN deal

BOISE – The tally of savings from dumping the troubled Idaho Education Network continues to climb, as lawmakers received final figures Thursday showing school broadband costs dropped 37 percent and …


Idaho school districts cut Internet costs by switching providers

BOISE – The data is in: school districts across Idaho are saving big bucks by switching from the defunct Idaho Education Network to local vendors for their high-speed Internet service. …


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 …


Eye on Boise: House passes parental rights bill

After a fervent, hourlong debate, the Idaho House last week voted 37-31 in favor of a controversial parental rights bill that opponents said could endanger Idaho kids. Rep. Janet Trujillo, …


Idaho schools arrange stopgap broadband service

BOISE – After a mad scramble over the past week, all of Idaho’s school districts have secured broadband service to replace the defunct Idaho Education Network. “We’ve been very proactive …


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 …


School broadband leads Idaho lawmakers’ agenda

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are set to take action this morning on how to keep high school broadband service functioning in the state despite a morass of legal and financial …


Eye on Boise: Ruling means ‘reset’ for school broadband plan

Idaho lawmakers are scrambling after a judge reaffirmed last week that the state’s $60 million contract for a broadband network that links every Idaho high school was issued illegally. The …


Idaho Education Network audit raises questions

BOISE – A service audit of the Idaho Education Network is raising troubling questions about the pricey statewide broadband and videoconferencing network that links Idaho’s high schools. Looking specifically at …


Otter says 2015 budget will reflect state’s financial health

BOISE – Laying out priorities for the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Butch Otter told reporters Thursday he’ll propose finally restoring school funding in Idaho to pre-recession levels not seen since …


Eye on Boise: Legislators hope for resolution on broadband network

State lawmakers are growing concerned about the broadband network that serves high schools across the state, after a judge Nov. 10 voided a $60 million contract for the Idaho Education …


Idaho school broadband legal bill nears $1 million

BOISE – Idaho’s legal fees to defend its now-voided contract for the Idaho Education Network high school broadband service are climbing toward $1 million. A 4th District Court judge voided …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 11, 2014, 3:36 p.m.

Idaho loses Syringa Networks lawsuit

The $60 million contract for a statewide school broadband network – one of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s proudest achievements – was voided late Monday, after a judge ruled it was …


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 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 …