This month our Parting Shot comes from Andrew Blau, director of communications policy and practice at the prestigious Benton Foundation, which produced the report "The Learning Connection: Schools in the Information Age."

Blau responds to the Washington Post's James K. Glassman and others who have equated telephone company payments into a government-mandated Universal Service Fund with a hidden tax, that phone companies will pass on to consumers in the form of higher residential phone bills. The Universal Service Fund is what will underwrite the eRate discount for schools, among other things.

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