A continuing investigation of a state contract with a company providing internet services to Tennessee's schools no longer will jeopardize students' access to the web, Tennessee Education Commissioner Lana Seviers said.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a July 2 decision allowed the state to bypass Nashville-based Education Networks of America (ENA), Seviers said, and instead pay subcontractors directly for internet service. That ensures the service will continue to be available to about 900,000 students, the commissioner said.

In January 2002, the state awarded ENA a five-year, $106 million contract...

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