Most schools and libraries won't find out how much eRate funding they are getting for the 2004 funding year--which began July 1--until the end of November at the earliest, eRate officials told eSchool News immediately following a Senate hearing on the eRate Oct. 5.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened the hearing to address highly publicized instances of waste, fraud, and abuse of the $2.25 billion-a-year program, which gives schools and libraries discounts of up to 90 percent on their internet and telephone service and wiring.

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