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Making the Grade: No ruling in IEN lawsuit

Posted at 3:29 PM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 14:34:31-05

There was no ruling — and no fireworks — as attorneys in the protracted Idaho Education Network lawsuit had their day before the Idaho Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Jim Jones gave no indication about when the court might rule, again, on the dispute over the broadband contract.

The Idaho Education Network is defunct — the state has stopped funding the statewide high-school broadband system, and school districts now purchase high-speed Internet on their own. But the legal dispute lingers — and the state and Internet vendors could have tens of millions of dollars riding on the outcome in Supreme Court.

That’s why attorneys for the state and three Internet vendors argued before the state’s highest court Wednesday afternoon — before a half-empty courtroom and a small audience of corporate officials and state officials.

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