Despite declining technology budgets, schools and libraries nationwide have failed to use 42 percent of the eRate discounts promised to them for funding year 2002, according to an analysis conducted by eRate consulting firm Funds for Learning. The federal agency administering the eRate disputes that report on grounds that the data are not all in yet.

Using publicly available data as of Feb. 27, the company's report says $947 million of the funding commitments approved for program year 2002--which officially ended Sept. 30, 2003--went unspent.

"It's a bit more than...

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