Now that the anti-eRate rhetoric has subsided for just a moment, it might be the perfect time for the telecommunications companies (telcos) to ponder carefully that old Indian proverb:

"Revileth not the crocodile's mother while soaking in the Ganges."

As our front page story details, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at press time appeared about to underfund this year's eRate program. The upshot: eRate funding still would be substantial, but schools like yours all over America now would have to make do with millions less than they need and might otherwise have gotten.

This development is...

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