A rules change that led an estimated 200 eRate applicants—including the entire state of North Dakota—to submit part of their 2001-2002 applications after the deadline is not reason enough to grant a waiver, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said April 24. The agency's ruling means these applicants won't get a penny from the program this year.

"Sixty-three percent of our costs were to be reimbursed through the eRate," said Curtis Wolfe, chief information officer for the state of North Dakota. "We are going to have to come up with $1.3 million to offset the cost."

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