A California technology provider has sued a local newspaper after an investigation by reporters called into question millions of dollars worth of eRate purchases made by the Pomona Unified School District--allegations of program abuse that the contractor and the school system vigorously deny.

The complaint--filed by Spectrum Communications Cabling Services Inc. of Corona, Calif.--says the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and reporters who wrote the series jumped to unfounded conclusions regarding $2.4 million worth of specially equipped laptop computers purchased by the district through the eRate, the $2.25 billion-a-year federal program that provides discounted internet and

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