Schools and libraries will have an extra three months to spend their first-year eRate discounts, thanks to action taken by the Federal Communications Commission last month.

Responding to concerns raised by schools and libraries that they would be unable to complete the installation of internal connections by June 30, 1999, the FCC voted on March 18 to extend the deadline for using first-year eRate funds to Sept. 30, 1999.

The FCC extended the deadline to "ensure that schools and libraries have sufficient time to use universal service support

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