Will anything come of Idaho high schools’ wi-fi flap? (Idaho Statesman) August 1, 2013

State Sen. Dean Cameron, co-chair of the state’s budget committee, says he wants to see a resolution in the dispute over a state contract to install wireless equipment in high schools.

Otter tepid on school wi-fi deal (Spokesman Review) July 30, 2013

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter weighed in Monday on a controversial multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract for Wi-Fi networks in Idaho high schools, saying, “It’s not necessarily how I would have done it.”

Idaho’s broadband infrastructure challenge (CDA Press) June 15, 2013

The Idaho Legislature is facing a number of critical issues it will need to address in the next legislative session. But while topics such as Medicaid expansion and transportation funding grab all the headlines, they should not overshadow one of the most critical challenges facing our state today – access to broadband.

Idaho education department seeks wireless solution for public high schools (KIVITV) June 3, 2013

The Idaho State Department of Education has released a proposal for a managed service that will provide high speed, wireless internet and data management access to public high schools.

Making rural Idaho less remote with broadband internet (Idaho Statesman) May 28, 2013

Look at a map showing broadband Internet access in Idaho and you’ll see broad swaths of online nothingness.

MetroNet’s fiber optic lines under beta testing (Journal and Courier Online) May 26, 2013

MetroNet’s quest to break into the Greater Lafayette market of cable, Internet and phone services comes closer to fruition this week when it hooks up its fiber-optic services to two beta customers on Tuesday.

Consultant promotes fiber-optic tech (Idaho Mountain Express) May 22, 2013

Ketchum’s recently hired broadband planning consultant gave a series of presentations last week promoting fiber-optic, high-speed Internet technology and providing information on the city’s Broadband Strategic Plan, which the city’s broadband committee is currently drafting under the consultant’s guidance.

It happened in Provo (Idaho Mountain Express) May 17, 2013

Provo, Utah, is the dead crow in the garden of community-owned broadband Internet services. It just sold the fiber-optic network that cost the city $39 million to build to Google for $1. Dead crows like this one tend to scare off others attracted to the garden’s tasty pickings.

Ketchum broadband consultant to speak (Idaho Mountain Express) Mary 15, 2013

Ketchum is holding a series of meetings this week for residents, businesses and telecommunications providers to meet with representatives of the city’s recently hired broadband planning consultant, Miami-based Magellan Advisors.

City: Cox is off broadband committee (Idaho Mountain Express) May 1, 2013

Following a controversial opinion survey of Wood River Valley residents conducted in April by Cox Communications, a cable and Internet provider in the valley, Ketchum has ejected Cox’s representative from the city’s broadband advisory committee.

Clarkston port panel to hear broadband update (Lewiston Tribune) February 20, 2013

An update on the Port of Clarkston’s broadband project will be provided at a Clarkston Port Commission meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday.
The commissioners will meet at the port office at 849 Port Way in Clarkston. Commissioners will also hear reports on a boat builders export initiative, the Sustainable Business Park and a sidewalk project.

Rexburg, ID and surrounding counties commit to feasibility study (Community Broadband Networks) February 14, 2013

A collaboration between local Idaho and Wyoming counties, the town ofRexburg, Idaho, and Brigham Young University will be exploring the possibility of a community owned fiber optic network. Significant business interest in the project has contributed to the decision to move forward with a feasibility study…

…Fremont County, Idaho; Madison County, Idaho; Teton County, Idaho; and Teton County, Wyomingare all participating and together obtained the federal grant. According to the City of Rexburg Department of Economic Development website on the fiber initiative:

Port of Clarkston seeking input on broadband internet network (The Lewiston Tribune) February 5, 2013

Asotin County residents are being asked to complete a Port of Clarkston survey to help shape the course of a new broadband Internet network.

FairPoint completes $30 million sale of Idaho properties to Blackfoot (FierceTelecom) February 2, 2013

FairPoint Communications on Thursday wrapped up the sale of its Idaho-based network properties to Blackfoot Telecommunications for about $30 million, a sale that illustrates the telco’s ongoing dedication to sharpening its focus on its growing New England markets.

Municipal broadband study begins (Local News 8) January 16, 2013

Parts of the upper valley are taking a big step toward getting more connected.

Rural broadband summit planned in Idaho Falls (Idaho Statesman) September 27, 2012

The Idaho Rural Partnership and the state of Idaho will host the first LinkIdaho Broadband Summit on Oct. 16 in Idaho Falls.

Fiber project, Blackfoot called ‘great fit’ (Bonner County Daily Bee) September 27, 2012

In the effort to establish a public-private fiber optics network in Bonner County, it’s important to find a service provider that fits the community.

Progress made on fiber optic service (Bonner County Daily Bee) September 26, 2012

Public and private organizations are moving forward on a long-anticipated project to establish a regional fiber optics service.

Fiber optics boost Idaho co-op (Electric Cooperative Today) August 13, 2012

Just outside the western entrance of Yellowstone National Park is a man-made marvel that’s been making headlines recently, thanks to an electric cooperative.

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