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Idaho broadband audit reveals troubling facts

By Nathan Brown, The Times-News
January 19th, 2015

Audit shows network resources are underutilized

broadband-networkMore than half of the equipment provided by the Idaho Education Network’s school broadband program isn’t being used, an audit shows.

And though about 85,000 students in 217 high schools have access to the service, only 1,431 to 1,850 were using it any given semester from fall 2012 through last spring.

Only 38 percent of video teleconferencing codecs in the 30 schools sampled were being used, Legislative Audits Manager April Renfro told the Legislature’s Joint Finance Appropriations Committee.

The flat-screen televisions and high-definition cameras were getting the most use, at 56 percent and 58 percent, respectively.

During the period audited, 34 to 50 school districts were providing IEN classes in any given semester. The number of IEN classes offered statewide ranged from 178 in the fall of 2012 to 128 last spring.

(Next page: Details about the audit)