Schools and libraries qualifying for eRate discounts of 90 percent will receive full funding for their internal connections this year, according to the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co., the group that administers the program.

The SLD's Aug. 31 announcement was welcome news to applicants qualifying for 90-percent discounts. Because of the extraordinarily high demand for eRate funds this year, it was suspected that funding might not be sufficient to cover all requests for internal connections even among these poorest of applicants.

In that


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