In an exclusive interview with eSchool News, the new eRate chief—who will oversee $2.25 billion in telecommunications discounts for schools and libraries each year—said he is committed to expediting the program's application and notification process and already has taken steps toward that goal.

George McDonald officially was appointed vice president of the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC) Sept. 13, with overall responsibility for the agency's Schools and Libraries Division (SLD). The SLD administers


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