Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and an outspoken critic of the eRate, introduced a bill on Feb. 10 that would tie eRate discounts to internet access restrictions. The move came less than a month after the FCC voted to scale back the collection of eRate subsidies from $1 billion, as originally planned, to $625 million through the first half of 1998.

The FCC's surprise move lowers the amount of money that telecommunications carriers must


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