When William E. Kennard resigned as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission 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, including...

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