In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the eRate, two education groups released a report on Feb. 28 stating that the program has transformed U.S. schools and libraries into institutions of modern learning--but that its mission is not yet complete.

"eRate: 10 Years of Connecting Kids and Community" indicates that eRate-supported connectivity now allows 100 percent of public libraries to provide free internet access to communities, and it credits the eRate with increasing the number of public-school classrooms with internet access from 14 percent in 1996 to 95 percent in 2005.

Created in 1997, the eRate is a


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