After months of hearings and government investigations into the eRate, Congress has issued a new report that says lax oversight and poor communication by federal regulators is to blame for millions of dollars worth of waste, fraud, and abuse linked to the embattled school wiring program. The findings mirror assertions made as part of another high-profile federal investigation released earlier this year.


The $2.25 billion-a-year eRate, which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provides discounted telecommunications services, internet access, and networking equipment to help expand internet availability in schools and libraries, especially in rural and low-income areas.


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