Panel Approves Moving Away from Failed Broadband Program
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of lawmakers tasked with submitting public school broadband recommendations in the wake of this year's collapse of the statewide system is finalizing its wish list for the 2016 Idaho Legislature.
The Broadband Access Study Interim Committee agreed Friday that the state should not rebuild the previous one-size fits all model. Idaho's broadband program dissolved earlier this year after a district judge ruled the $60 million contract that created the system was illegal. That left individual school districts scrambling to secure their own broadband access contracts for the school year.
School officials have said that providing broadband access is just as crucial as providing electricity or running water. So far, school districts have been successful in maintaining costs lower than the statewide program.