With funding for the first year of the eRate finally set, the FCC now must turn its attention to interpreting the program's rules. How the FCC resolves a dispute involving Tennessee's statewide application may have far-reaching effects for both service providers and schools.

Under FCC rules, building or upgrading a state-owned wide area network can't be done with eRate funds. Tennessee, which owned a statewide education network called ConnecTEN, sold the network to a private company called Education Networks of America (ENA) and now pays ENA for upgraded internet access to its 1,600 schools. Tennessee is requesting


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