Looking to stem the reported waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued the eRate--the $2.25 billion-a-year federal program that provides telecommunications discounts to eligible schools and libraries--the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 14 said it would seek public feedback regarding its management, administration, and oversight of the Universal Service Fund (USF), the federal coffer from which the eRate draws its money.

The announcement, which could lead to the most significant changes yet made to the eRate in its eight-year history, comes in the wake of a congressional report that openly criticized the FCC for


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