Florida's 3,700 schools could lose their internet access this year if the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co. doesn't reverse its decision to deny the state's eRate application, warned Florida Education Commissioner Jim Horne.

The SLD, which oversees the $2.25 billion-a-year federal program, denied Florida's request for more than $7.4 million in 2003 eRate discounts because the state's three applications allegedly did not show that price was the primary factor in selecting a service provider.

"Price doesn't need to be the only factor [in


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