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State announces it’ll pay vendors $3.4 million in IEN settlement

Gov. Butch Otter and legislative leaders today announced a $3.4 million settlement with Education Networks of America and CenturyLink over the now-defunct Idaho Education Network, a broadband network that sought to link all the state’s high schools. In return for the state payment, the firms...

Leadership: $8M for broadband settlement not likely

Top legislative leaders are no longer optimistic that the $8 million they squirrelled away last year will be used as a settlement in the state's ongoing school broadband legal disputes, the AP reports...

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 filed a lawsuit in state court against the vendors, seeking a judgment from the court that the state doesn’t have to pay up, and actually is owed back all payments it made under the now-void contract.

Wasden files countersuit against ENA, CenturyLink in broadband case

Even as two vendors from the now-defunct Idaho Education Network are suing the state in federal court seeking payment of unpaid bills from the IEN, the state has filed a lawsuit in state court against the vendors, seeking a judgment from the court that the...

Idaho hit with two federal lawsuits over defunct school 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 the now-defunct Idaho Education Network, including millions paid for broadband services that Idaho schools used for up to six years.The problem: Idaho law bans pay...

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 the now-defunct Idaho Education Network, including millions paid for broadband services that Idaho schools used for up to six years.

Idaho official says he won’t seek repayment on void contract

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...

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...

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...

Senate panel welcomes, endorses bills from broadband interim committee

Two bills carrying the recommendations of a legislative interim committee on broadband have cleared the Senate Education Committee on a unanimous vote, repealing the statutes that set up the now-defunct Idaho Education Network, and laying out Idaho’s new statutory structure, including grant funding to schools...