Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Broadband Internet

As many of you probably have been following the news regarding the Idaho broadband contracts and the judge's ruling, I wanted to followup with news directly from Boise.

Today, we finished Day on the Hill, meeting with various state legislators from both the House and Senate. Since the contracts with Idaho Education Network (IEN) have been ruled null and void, school districts are now being left to find internet services on their own. Today, the Joint Finance Appropriation Committee (JFAC) approved emergency funding to support districts in funding internet services for the remainder of the school year  We were notified that there was a possibility of being shut down a weeks ago, and we have been proactively working on obtaining the necessary information from various internet providers for future services.  It is our intent to obtain a provider and continue broadband services as quickly as possible for our staff and students.

If you have the opportunity to speak to our local state representatives, please thank them for the emergency funding and for doing what is best for our kids.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 208-285-1161 or wmoore@sd282.org

Wendy Moore