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Eye On Boise broadband archive

TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017


MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016

Legislature's procurement interim committee meets as state is sued over IEN contract fallout 

The Idaho Legislature’s interim committee on state procurement laws is meeting today at the state Capitol. Among its agenda items: A report on the impact of new laws enacted this year, including a recodification; discussion of compliance review and enforcement; and a presentation from Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane on void contracts....

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FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2016

Idaho official says he won't seek repayment on void contract 10 

The Idaho state official in charge of a voided $60 million statewide school broadband contract says he won't try to recover the money paid out under the illegal deal despite direction from Idaho's highest court. Idaho Department of Administration Director Robert Geddes informed Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden of his decision in a letter...

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016


Broadband settlement originally slated for $7.2 million 

Idaho officials originally agreed to pay $7.2 million in a settlement over an illegal statewide contract that provided broadband in public schools. However, a March ruling from the Idaho Supreme Court halted settlement talks after justices upheld a lower court's ruling deeming the $60 million contract was illegal. According to a draft settlement...

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Agency requests more time on broadband repayment decision 

The head of Idaho's Department of Administration says he's requesting more time to decide if the agency will try to recover money paid out under the illegal $60 million broadband contract. In early March, the Idaho Supreme Court agreed that a statewide contract for broadband in public schools was void. The justices said the law required...

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MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015

Broadband panel backs seven-member commission

Lawmakers have continued discussing who should be on the new commission they’re recommending to oversee state school broadband aid, with proposals for seven members, nine members, and various other approaches. There’s also been discussion of calling the group a “committee” or “advisory committee” or something...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2015

Third point of agreement: Districts can collaborate

The third point of agreement for lawmakers on the Broadband Access Study Committee came with another unanimous vote: “This committee is committed to removing any barrier to school district collaboration in procurement of broadband and related services, including regionally and interstate.” Panel members said they...

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