On a strict partisan vote, the five-member Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided late on June 12 to cut the eRate program and set 1998 funding at $1.275 billion, approximately 43 percent less than the $2.25 billion FCC supporters originally had sought.

Both Republican commissioners voted against the eRate, but FCC Chairman William Kennard and his two Democratic colleagues voted to fund the program. The FCC, with the same split vote, also agreed to provide $650 million in subsidies for the first half of 1999.

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