Scott Bedke

Idaho legislative leaders: $8M broadband settlement unlikely

Top legislative leaders said Tuesday they are no longer optimistic that the $8 million they put aside last year will be used as a settlement in the state's ongoing broadband legal disputes.

However, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said that they are still waiting on key rulings before making any final decisions.

"The cautionary approach is to make sure that minor amount of money is available if we need it," Hill said. "We don't know what the outcome is going to be. The state could end with a windfall, or we could end up owing something."

A consortium of telephone companies called Syringa Networks sued the state...

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