[caption id="attachment_127756" align="alignleft" width="150"] Simplifying the rules on fiber deployment is one of many areas the FCC is seeking comment on.[/caption]

The Federal Communications Commission voted on July 19 to open a new rulemaking process aimed at updating and enhancing the federal eRate program, which currently provides $2.3 billion in telecommunications discounts to eligible schools and libraries.

The vote, which follows President Obama’s ConnectED proposal last month to enhance high-speed internet access for the nation’s schools, marks an important first step in...

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