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Contractor says WiFi project is on schedule

At midday Monday, Emmett School District technology director Ken Loftus received an unexpected email: workers would be at the high school the next morning installing WiFi. “I must say, very short notice,” district superintendent Wayne Rush said Monday afternoon. Meanwhile,

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WiFi contract restructuring may not alleviate cost issues

The state’s WiFi contractor has agreed to restructure its deal. The restructuring could cut the state’s costs. The move also figures to reduce — but probably won’t eliminate — the cost gap between the winning bidder and the low bidder

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How much did cost factor into the WiFi contract decision?

On Wednesday, we broke the story that Education Networks of America landed the controversial multiyear high school WiFi contract, even though four bidders beat the company’s price. The takeaway on what happened: The nine people who reviewed the 10 bids gave

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The WiFi deal: Several bidders beat winning contractor on price

The state Education Department received 10 bids for its controversial high school WiFi contract — including four that were less expensive than the winning bid. Education Networks of America‘s price tag — $2,111,655 for the first year, $10,558,275 over five

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WiFi deal: State downplays discrepancy in its request for bids

When the state Education Department went out for bids on the controversial WiFi installation project, the department issued a list of 333 schools that could qualify for the service. It turns out that the state’s own list was inaccurate — inflated, by roughly

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WiFi roundup: CdA buys local; does the contract raid reform money?

A couple of dispatches on the ever-unfolding WiFi contract story: Coeur d’Alene buys local. One of Idaho’s largest school districts is passing up on the joining the state’s WiFi network. The district will cut its own contract, reports Maureen Dolan of the

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