Governor Approves Idaho Broadband Stopgap Funding
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed into law a bill approving $3.64 million in emergency funding for Idaho's faltering broadband program.
The stopgap measure Otter approved Wednesday allows school districts to negotiate their own broadband contracts for the rest of this school year to replace the Idaho Education Network system. The emergency fix comes after a district judge voided Idaho's $60 million broadband contract, creating the potential loss of broadband access to nearly 200 public high schools across the state.
The state's broadband program helps facilitate students who take dual-credit classes with video teleconference equipment.