A new ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opens the possibility for residents in remote rural areas to connect to the internet after hours from their local school or library.

In a unanimous ruling released Dec. 3, the FCC approved a petition from the state of Alaska to let its residents use excess capacity from a school's or library's eRate-funded internet connection—but only when the school or library is not in session, and only if this extra use doesn't result in an extra fee.

Many schools in rural Alaskan

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