eRate officials on Nov. 3 announced they have enough cash on hand to start mailing funding-commitment decision letters this week to schools and libraries that have been waiting longest for answers.

Meanwhile, Washington lobbyists are pushing members of Congress to write a bill that would exempt the Universal Service Fund from complying with the federal law that caused the funds to be stopped in the first place.

The law, known as the Anti-Deficiency Act, requires government entities to have the money in hand before "obligating" or promising it. On Aug. 3, the Schools and


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