Lawmakers recommend new broadband committee

Posted at 1:59 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 15:59:48-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A group of Idaho lawmakers tasked with reviewing broadband Internet in public schools have finalized a new outline on moving forward with a program that dissolved earlier this

The Broadband Access Study Interim Committee agreed Monday to urge the 2016 Idaho Legislature to approve a seven-member committee that would provide oversight, standards and other services to schools negotiating their own broadband

Legislative members are abandoning the previous one-size-fits-all statewide model as a way to provide broadband access, a service school officials say is just as crucial as providing electricity or running water.

Earlier this year, a district judge ruled the $60 million contract that created the state's broadband system was illegal. That left individual school districts scrambling to secure their own broadband access contracts for the school year.