Believe it or not, not all schools are cashing in on the feds' offer to subsidize their internet access. One school district in rural Illinois has chosen to disqualify itself for the eRate by becoming an internet service provider (ISP) for its community.

The Marshall (Ill.) Community Unit School District C-2 is providing high-speed internet access to more than 200 local residents and businesses. For $20 a month, users can dial in to the school district's satellite network. Proceeds from the service make it a self-sustaining venture, said Paul Robinson, Marshall's technology coordinator. ...

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