Regarding your May 2004 editorial in eSchool News ("From the Publisher: eRate dyspepsia"), the issues you bring up in your editorial are accurate, but would give the reader the impression that there is rampant fraud, or at best abuse, in the eRate program. This impression has also been fostered by congressional hearings, news releases by the [Schools and Libraries Division], and numerous articles written in journals such as yours. While any abuse is certainly serious and should be dealt with aggressively, the percentage of applicants that abuse, let alone defraud, the eRate is negligible.


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