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Contractors sue Idaho for payment of finished broadband work

Two internet companies that were not paid by the state after a judge voided their contract to bring broadband to public schools across Idaho are suing for the money they say they are owed — more than $37 million in back payments and damages.

Education Networks of America Inc. and CenturyLink Communications LLC filed the lawsuits in federal court last Friday, about 10 days after Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden sent the companies a letter demanding the return of the millions that the state had already paid.

The companies contend that the contract was void because of the state's actions and through no fault of their own, and say they are demanding payment for the...

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