[caption id="attachment_46194" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Dark fiber will be eligible for e-Rate discounts under a new FCC ruling."]Dark fiber will be eligible for e-Rate discounts under an FCC ruling.[/caption]

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Sept. 23 voted to upgrade and modernize the federal $2.25 billion-a-year e-Rate program by allowing schools to make e-Rate funded, internet-enabled computers available to the community after normal school operating hours—a step that supporters and stakeholders say will help students and community members build important digital literacy skills.

The FCC also voted to let e-Rate participants use funds to...

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