Broadband Access Study Committee meets today

By Sarah Glenn

BOISE –– Educational internet access is on the agenda in Boise today as lawmakers, policy analysts, school administrators and others mull over the past and future of broadband access in Idaho schools.

Those interested in listening to the committee’s conversation can access the audio stream at legislature.Idaho.Gov. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

The agenda is heavy with postmortems. The Broadband Access Study Committee will hear a history of the Idaho Education Network (IEN), look at the current status of broadband services and discuss options for future broadband services for local education agencies. The all-day meeting will also feature presentations by school district administrators, talking about the services in their jurisdictions. While most districts represented are from and around the Boise area, Camille Wood, Director of Technology Services for Idaho Falls School District 91 is scheduled on the agenda.

The effort to get broadband into Idaho schools has been riddled with setbacks and lawsuits. Today’s meeting has lawmakers learning from mistakes and building the effort again from the ground up.

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