Just before it shut down for the summer, Congress rejected an effort to cut schools and libraries out of one of the Commerce Department's largest telecommunications funding programs.

Days before the August recess, the Senate passed a Commerce spending amendment that would allow schools and libraries to apply for funds from the Telecommunications Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) after all.

The Commerce committee originally had voted in early July to prohibit organizations eligible for eRate funding from applying for TIIAP funds, arguing that money from TIIAP and the eRate

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