With the filing window for the 2005 eRate program quickly approaching, many state eRate coordinators and school district leaders are frustrated by a bureaucratic morass that is once again bogging down their ability to plan for the new program year.

Just don't expect them to complain too loudly in public. Given the flood of negative publicity surrounding the eRate lately and the efforts of some in Congress to scuttle the program, eRate stakeholders are afraid to voice their concerns about the latest program glitches for fear of further jeopardizing the $2.25 billion-a-year initiative. ...

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