E-rate program suffered from insufficient oversight years ago

06/17/2004 | CNET

The 40 or so E-rate fraud cases now under investigation could jeopardize the future of the program, which provides subsidies to schools and libraries in rural and poor areas for Internet access. Supporters contend that, for all its faults, E-rate has provided basic computers and networking equipment to many facilities that otherwise could not have afforded such gear.

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