The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co., the group that administers the eRate, issued its final wave of 1998 funding commitment letters Feb. 27. The tenth and final wave brings the total dollar amount committed to schools and libraries to $1.66 billion for the program's inaugural year.

The SLD's announcement, which was made March 1, came on the same day that President Clinton released 1998 figures showing more than half of the nation's public school classrooms wired to the internet. With help from the eRate, Clinton said he expects all


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