Butch Otter

Otter: $3.4 million broadband settlement reached

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and top legislative leaders announced Thursday they had reached a $3.4 million settlement with the vendors involved in a lengthy lawsuit over a failed public school broadband program.

"If you had asked me three months ago, I would not have been hopeful," said Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill. "I am pleased to have this behind us."

Last year, the Idaho Supreme Court agreed that a $60 million state broadband contract was illegal. The ruling resulted in a flurry of lawsuits from the vendors— and then from the state — arguing over who owed each other money.

Legislative and state leaders have attempted to agree...