Feb. 1996 Telecommunications Act of 1996 is signed into law, extending universal service discounts to schools and libraries

May 7, 1997 After months of study, FCC releases eRate guidelines outlining how the program will be implemented

Nov. 1, 1997 FCC establishes the Schools and Libraries Corp. (SLC) to administer the eRate; Ira Fishman selected as chief executive officer

Dec. 4, 1997 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., sends a letter to FCC chair William Kennard expressing concern that residential rates will increase as a result of the eRate


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