Broadband committee will head back to school — in October

The legislative committee studying Idaho’s school broadband mess will get back to work in early October.

Legislative broadband committee
Broadband committee members, from left: Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls; co-chair Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene; and co-chair Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls.

The committee has scheduled two days of meetings at the Statehouse: an Oct. 5 session, at a time to be determined; and an Oct. 6 meeting starting at 9 a.m.

There are no further details. Agendas will be posted at a later date.

The committee’s first meeting, in late July, was something of a Broadband 101: a review of high-speed Internet use in the state’s high schools, and a recap of the Idaho Education Network project fiasco.

The failed contract for the statewide broadband system serves as a backdrop for the 10-member committee’s work. The committee’s job is to study broadband options not just for public schools, but also for state agencies.