At least three members of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced their intention to kill the eRate program, which helps schools and libraries defray the costs of connecting to the internet.

On Jan. 26, freshman House member Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and returning members Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Ed Royce, R-Calif., sent a letter to their colleagues soliciting support for legislation being drafted by Tancredo and tentatively called the "eRate Termination Act."

In the letter, the three congressmen described the eRate as a "backdoor tax" that isn't necessary, because federal funding already exists to improve technology in schools.

"Our intention is to end


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