Butch Otter

Idaho pays feds $3.5 million to settle FCC broadband claims

Idaho has repaid the Federal Communications Commission $3.5 million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.

State leaders made the payment Tuesday as part of a settlement with the federal agency over claims that the state misused more than $14 million in federal money by putting it toward the illegally awarded contract.

The payment is expected to bring the long-running school broadband scandal to an end.

"I appreciate the willingness of all parties involved to work toward a resolution of these issues so that we can move forward with a clean slate," Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said in a prepared...