Though the dust has settled just a bit in the fight over who should pay how much for the eRate, the battle is by no means over. Rep. Bliley, R-Va., threatened as much with his reaction to the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): "There is a right way and a wrong way to implement [the eRate]. The FCC has chosen the wrong way. If the courts strike down this illegal program, schools may be left holding the bag."

But a plan being suggested by Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., may provide a solution. Burns wants to redirect an...

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