New rules would eliminate eRate discounts on voice-related services within the next five years

[caption id="attachment_152094" align="alignleft" width="150"]voice-service The phase-out will happen more quickly for some schools than others.[/caption]

[Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles examining the new eRate rules and how they will affect schools.]

If the Federal Communications Commission has its way, the eRate no longer will support voice services within the next five years, including plain old telephone service, toll-free service, and even voice over IP (VoIP).

This change could have a dramatic effect on school district budgets—and...

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