Sharp division among the top U.S. telecommunications regulators regarding the abrupt decision to suspend millions of dollars in eRate funding overshadowed an Oct. 6 event to showcase the many ways broadband internet access has transformed learning.

During the event, held by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the two Democratic commissioners criticized the agency for the way it decided to freeze and liquidate eRate funds while it transitioned the program to government accounting procedures.

FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein said he was concerned because he only learned of the decision when...

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