eRate officials should increase education, simplify rules, and toughen enforcement procedures and compliance requirements to prevent further waste, fraud, and abuse of the $2.25 billion-a-year program, according to a draft of recommendations a special eRate Task Force plans to submit to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).

The task force was created by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co.—the agency that administers the eRate—to explore ways of tightening program compliance after a handful of "bad actors" gained considerable public attention recently, sparking renewed criticism of the eRate from conservative members


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