The filing season is now in full swing for eRate funding year 2003, also known as Year Six to veterans of the program. Schools and libraries across the nation are scrambling to post requests on the internet, sign contracts, and file required paperwork by this year's deadline of Feb. 6. Here are four simple—but legal—strategies for maximizing your share of the $2.25 billion in funding that is available:

1. Follow the rules.

The first step to maximizing eRate discounts is actually to secure them. Each year, more than 20

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