ORLANDO, Fla. -- If eRate funding can't cover all those who apply, schools most in need will go to the head of the queue, said Ira Fishman, head of the Schools and Libraries Corporation (SLC) that administers the eRate program. Fishman spelled out his eRate funding hierarchy during the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) here on March 7.

Fishman's explanation was the first indication of what would happen if eRate requests exceed available funds.

The schools "most in need" are also those slated to get the largest payments ‹reimbursement...

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