Unhappy with the FCC's implementation of the eRate, lawmakers from both sides of the Capitol have introduced bills that would overhaul the program.

In a coordinated effort, Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., and Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., introduced bills July 23 that would divert part of an existing 3 percent telephone excise tax to pay for the eRate. The bills also would give states the authority to administer the program instead of the FCC.

The Burns-Tauzin legislation, called the Schools and Libraries Internet Access Act, would cut the current 3

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