Broadband mess gets Education Week’s attention

Education Week reporter Michelle R. Davis wrote this week about the Idaho Education Network funding crisis.

The piece was posted online Tuesday and will appear in Education Week’s Wednesday print edition.

It’s a solid overview of the broadband crisis to date, with some national perspective — such as this quote from Douglas A. Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association in Glen Burnie, Md.

“Nobody wants to get caught without broadband service,” Levin told Davis. “But how a statewide network is set up and evolves over time is really important to watch.”

With the 2015 legislative session just under way, and a $8.9 million budget request looming, it’s fair to say the broadband issue will be watched closely around the Statehouse in the next few weeks.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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