Idaho Signs Emergency Internet Contract
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has signed a roughly $1.9 million emergency contract with CenturyLink to maintain Internet services to 16 state agencies and five public health districts.
The state Department of Administration finalized the contract Feb. 27, just two weeks after a district judge voided Idaho's $60 million contract with CenturyLink and Education Networks of America.
The troubled contract provided broadband services primarily to schools while also allowing state agencies to receive broadband services.
Idaho lawmakers have since approved an interim plan that requires school districts to negotiate their own broadband contract.
The emergency contract is in place for the next six months. However, the contract allows for an extension should a new vendor not immediately be available.