The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has initiated a review process of the rules and regulations that govern the eRate, the $2.25 billion program that provides discounts on telecommunications services and internet access to the nation's schools and libraries.

The 46-page Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order, released Jan. 25, asks members of the public for their opinions on several detailed proposals, as well as their own ideas for how to make the program simpler and more efficient. The request comes a few months after an audit of 18 recipients of Year One eRate funds


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