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Broadband Roundup: Districts Scramble, Bailout Passes House

From the crowded suburban West Ada School District to the Central Idaho’s remote South Lemhi district — schools are scrambling. Meridian High School students take a Mountain View High School upper-level Spanish class over the Idaho Education Network. They need to procure high-speed Internet as best they can, and as quickly as they can, with the statewide Idaho Education Network in mothballs. The schools received a brief reprieve Thursday, when Idaho Education Network contractor CenturyLink said it won’t shut down the system this weekend, even though the state owes the company more than $1 million from the voided network contract. But the clock is still ticking. Fellow network contractor Education Networks of America says it will shut off broadband to districts that don’t sign a contract by Feb. 27.