The New York Times reports on a decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to no longer require telephone carriers to provide internet service providers with access to their lines at discounted rates. Seen as another in a long line of victories for the bell companies, critics had questioned whether the changes–meant to put the bells on even-footing with cable and internet service providers–would affect their contributions to the Universal Service Fund, the federal coffer from which the eRate draws its funds. But the FCC eased those concerns Aug. 5 by imposing a nine-month moratorium on any changes to the contribution rates, allowing time to devise a new set of rules, the paper said. (Note: This site requires registration.)