The $2.25 billion eRate program, which provides telecommunications discounts to schools and libraries, survived a major legal challenge late in July when a federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) implemented the program legally.
While educators and political supporters hailed the decision as a "huge win for America's children," industry insiders said the court's ruling is unlikely to buffer the program from further political attacks.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 30 that the FCC has the authority to collect fees from telecommunications companies (telcos) to pay for the eRate. The court also ruled