Though the FCC voted to cut eRate funding, it could have been much worse. Schools and libraries were caught in the midst of a political squabble as an eleventh-hour push from several members of Congress sought to suspend or kill the program altogether.

Uncertainty descended over the eRate from the moment four powerful members of Congress demanded on June 4 that the FCC stop collecting money for the program.

"The commission should immediately suspend further collection of funding for its schools and libraries program," wrote Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Sen....

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