The 2010 filing window for the federal e-Rate program opened Dec. 3, and interconnected voice over IP (VoIP) and text messaging used for educational purposes are two services now included in the Federal Communications Commission's revised Eligible Services List (ESL).

Schools and libraries will have until Feb. 11 to apply for their share of $2.25 billion in discounts on telecommunications services, internet access, and the internal connections--wiring, routers, switches, and file servers--necessary to deliver internet service to classrooms.

In issuing its revised ESL, the FCC also said it is seeking comments on decisions relating to certain eligible and ineligible services included in


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