Every school or library that applied by the April 6 deadline and successfully passed the program integrity review process will get eRate funds this year--even those applicants seeking discounts on internal connections at the 20 percent discount rate.

The funding breakthrough was announced Oct. 25 at the quarterly meeting of the Schools and Libraries Committee of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) board, which oversees the $2.25 billion program that gives discounts on telecommunications services to schools and libraries.

The announcement was welcome news to the applicant community,

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