State Pursues Broadband Settlement, But Talks Are On Hold

Mar 3, 2016

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg.
Credit Idaho Education News

The state has been negotiating with two Idaho Education Network vendors since October — in hopes of settling more than $6 million in legal claims.

But when the state absorbed another resounding defeat in court Tuesday, the negotiations got derailed.

“Right now we’re in a little bit of a cooling-off period,” Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill told Idaho Education News Thursday. “People want to go back to their own corner.”

Hill, R-Rexburg, confirmed that the settlement talks began last fall. The talks haven’t broken down, he said. But for now, nobody is talking.

Here’s the crux of the matter, and it is messy.

Hill understands the Supreme Court’s point. The law doesn’t provide the state any choice but to demand its money back. But the repayment issue casts a cloud over the negotiations process, Hill said.

Read this entire story from Idaho Education News.