An Aug. 11 ruling by the FCC regarding Tennessee's first-year eRate application could have far-reaching implications for schools.

In partly reversing the SLD's decision to deny the state's request for $17 million in funding, the FCC broadened its definition of "internet access" to include so-called "turnkey" solutions that bundle features like web site caching and filtering along with a basic conduit to the internet. The agency also confirmed that schools can consider the level of service they will be getting ahead of the cost when taking bids from service providers.


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