Because of the extraordinarily high demand for eRate discounts this year, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed changing the priority for discounts, so that schools and libraries not receiving funds for internal connections last year would have priority this year.

The demand for Year Four of the eRate--which runs from July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002--is more than double the amount available. The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co., the group that administers the program, received 37,188 applications from schools and libraries requesting $5.195 billion, when the cap is


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