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Six firms reply to RFI for school broadband service next year

Six companies have responded to a Request for Information from the state Department of Administration regarding an Idaho Education Network replacement contract for the fiscal year that starts July 1, Idaho EdNews reports. Among the responses: As the self-labeled Idaho Education Network “incumbent,” Education Networks of America is urging the state to stick with a statewide contract. Syringa Networks, the Idaho company that has successfully fought the Idaho Education Network contract in court, says Idaho can save money in the future with multiple, shorter-term contracts.

The responses vary widely in length, sophistication and tone, reports Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert. ENA, for example, submitted a 26-page document; Integra Telecom submitted a 321-word email. Richert’s full report is online here. The RFI is an early step toward a contract; the state isn’t scheduled to start formally soliciting bids for next year until June. In addition to ENA and Syringa, the firms responding included Ednetics, First Step Internet, Cisco Systems, and Integra.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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