The decision by America Online (AOL) to raise its monthly rates from $19.95 to $21.95, beginning with its April billing cycle, had many analysts predicting other internet service providers (ISPs) would soon follow suit. Instead, some service providers are choosing to lower their rates, in hopes of snatching some of AOL's customers‹and perhaps your schools. Some 21 percent of the nation's schools use AOL for internet connections.

AOL's move could be good news for schools, according to Kate Delhagen, senior analyst with Forrester Research. "I expect we'll see a flurry of competition now," said Delhagen....

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