Judge Voids Idaho Schools Broadband Contract

Feb 11, 2015

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A district judge says Idaho's troubled broadband contract is void, clarifying a ruling made in November.

Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen submitted his final ruling Thursday as a response to the Idaho Department of Administration seeking reconsideration on the $60 million broadband contract. The program provides broadband access to Idaho's public schools. 

Owen voided the contract late last year after finding the state violated its own procurement laws. However, the state appealed to determine if the entire contract was illegal or only portions that had been amended.

The state has not paid its broadband contract vendors since September. Last week, lawmakers were informed that the vendors had submitted an ultimatum stating that unless they begin receiving payments for services, Idaho's broadband program will go dark Feb. 22.