Idaho judge keeps broadband fight alive in courts

Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

View results

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A judge in Boise kept alive a bitter fight over whether state officials illegally awarded a $60 million contract to build Idaho’s Idaho Education Network broadband system, a decision that puts millions in taxpayer funding in limbo.

Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen Tuesday ruled Syringa Networks can pursue its lawsuit against Idaho’s Department of Administration alleging the agency illegally awarded work to Education Networks of America and CenturyLink.

Owen said Syringa can’t go after former Department of Administration director Mike Gwartney, who Idaho Supreme Court justices last year said tinkered inappropriately with the contract.

However, Owen said Syringa can seek to demonstrate Idaho under Gwartney’s direction illegally gave ENA and CenturyLink the work.

The federal government hasn’t paid $7 million for the contract since March, fearing it may be voided.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks