Despite its "impressive" impact in helping the nation's schools connect to the internet, the eRate remains a work in progress, according to a new report from the Benton Foundation and the Educational Development Center's Center for Children and Technology (CCT).

The report, called "Great Expectations: The eRate at Five," recommends several steps to improve the program, including raising the funding cap beyond its current $2.25 billion level and reducing the burden of paperwork on applicants.

After the current funding period ends, federal eRate discounts will have resulted in a nearly


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