If you're considering making the leap to wireless connectivity, one factor you'll want to consider is whether--and how much--the eRate can help you get there.

As created by Congress under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and implemented by the Federal Communications Commission via the Universal Service Administrative Company's Schools and Libraries Division (SLD), the eRate wasn't intended to pay for all your schools' technology needs.

In fact, the $2.25 billion annual fund is specifically focused on connecting classrooms to the internet by making the telecommunications link affordable--and then assisting

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