Kevin J. Martin, President Bush's choice to lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) into a new era of digital transmissions, is a firm supporter of the eRate and other telecommunications programs that benefit education, according to an analysis of his voting record and public statements he has made as an FCC commissioner.


That might bode well for schools, which have seen the eRate come under renewed scrutiny in recent months. Most recently, the embattled $2.25 billion-a-year program--which pays for up to 90 percent of the cost of telephone, internet, and wiring services for the nation's poorest schools

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