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A proposed new rule for the federal e-Rate program could discourage schools from buying service contracts when they purchase network equipment, at least one program expert warns.

The rule is part of a draft version of the latest Eligible Services List (ESL) for the e-Rate, which provides discounts on the cost of telecommunications services and internet access....

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