At least 26 cases of suspected eRate abuse are currently under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), eSchool News has learned. The widening probe follows a criminal complaint against an eRate service provider who had been working with as many as 200 schools in New York.

As part of a concerted effort to crack down on abuse of the eRate program, federal authorities on Dec. 18 charged the owner of Connect2 Internet Networks Inc., a New York-based internet services company, and three employees with allegedly defrauding the eRate of millions of dollars.


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