The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co.--the group that administers the eRate--mailed the first wave of funding commitment letters for Year Four of the eRate to 23,800 applicants and 5,100 service providers on July 23.

The first wave committed more than $395 million in eRate discounts and reached about 70 percent of the total number of applicants, an SLD notice said. But about 6,000 of the letters did not contain funding, because they represented requests for internal connections from applicants who qualify for discounts below 85 percent.

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