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Judge dismisses Syringa Broadband lawsuit

A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a consortium of Idaho telephone companies against the Idaho Department of Administration.

Fourth District Judge Patrick H. Owen on Wednesday ruled that Syringa Networks failed to prove allegations that the group was unfairly excluded from a competitive process for a multimillion-dollar contract.

The consortium sued in 2009, claiming the department illegally handed Quest Communications Co. a $60 million contract to install a broadband infrastructure for the Idaho Education Network, a project to link public schools, universities and businesses in Idaho.

A portion of the lawsuit was thrown out last year when a judge ruled the consortium didn’t fully try to resolve the contract dispute before it sued the state.

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