Removing uncertainty about what's allowed and what's not, eRate applicants now can search for eligible products in a new online database that was created by the agency that operates the $2.25 billion eRate fund. The database is part of a pilot project intended to benefit all eRate stakeholders by making the program simpler and possibly limiting waste, fraud, and abuse in the program.

Specifically, the database is designed to improve on a requirement called "the Item 21 attachment," which requires applicants to submit a detailed list of products and services they're applying for. ...

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