As the 2008-09 e-Rate filing window opens, e-Rate coordinators from schools and libraries across the country are attending training sessions designed to give them vital information about what's new with the $2.25 billion-a-year federal program.

This year's answer (to the relief of many): Not much.

The filing window for the 2008-09 e-Rate funding cycle opens at noon on Nov. 7, 2007 and will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 7, 2008.

Although in past years, e-Rate administrators have promoted a variety of new forms and rule changes, this year's training sessions are focusing on a "back to the basics" approach.

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