When William E. Kennard resigned as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Jan. 19, he left a legacy of accomplishment an educator could admire: During his tenure, schools and libraries have received more than $6 billion in eRate discounts.

Kennard's departure—and the subsequent naming of his replacement, Michael K. Powell, by President Bush Jan. 22—raise questions about the future direction of telecommunications policy. Besides the eRate, other issues loom that could affect schools,


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