Education organizations such as the Consortium for School Networking and the American Library Association are urging members to contact their representatives in Congress and express their support for the eRate, the $2.25 billion program that helps connect schools and libraries to the internet.

These renewed lobbying efforts come after two Republican lawmakers asked the nation's top communications regulator to explain what his agency is doing to prevent fraud within the eRate—and at least five other GOP lawmakers have signed onto a bill that would eliminate the program altogether.

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