Schools and libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina will have until Dec. 13 to apply for some $132 million in emergency eRate funding made available by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help rebuild telephone and computer networks and accommodate displaced students.


The agency on Oct. 18 issued rules for how it would disburse these emergency funds, which are available to schools and libraries in the federally declared disaster areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as those in certain counties where the influx of students displaced by the storm is considered greatest.


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