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May 6, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton administration, which vowed six years ago to wire the nation's schools and libraries to the Internet, is poised to finally launch the ambitious program, but it is facing serious financial and political pitfalls. The Federal Communications Commission, which oversees a large part of the program, is expected to act as early as Friday to authorize the first spending for equipment.
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June 6, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr. and JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The relentless growth of telephone taxes has finally hit a political flash point, triggering demands by lawmakers this week that phone companies be blocked from imposing billions of dollars in new fees on customers this summer. After a deluge of complaints from consumers across the nation, members of Congress are demanding the Federal Communications Commission--which regulates the phone industry--roll back an Internet wiring program that was championed by Vice President Al Gore.
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BUSINESS
June 6, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr. and JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The relentless growth of telephone taxes has finally hit a political flash point, triggering demands by lawmakers this week that phone companies be blocked from imposing billions of dollars in new fees on customers this summer. After a deluge of complaints from consumers across the nation, members of Congress are demanding the Federal Communications Commission--which regulates the phone industry--roll back an Internet wiring program that was championed by Vice President Al Gore.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bowing to congressional pressure, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday it will revamp its $2-billion-a-year program to wire schools and libraries and warned that phone fees that finance the program will increase unless funding requests are slashed. The agency said it would shut down the Schools & Libraries Corp., a nonprofit company it created last year that has drawn fire for allegedly turning a blind eye to excessive school funding requests.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bowing to congressional pressure, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday it will revamp its $2-billion-a-year program to wire schools and libraries and warned that phone fees that finance the program will increase unless funding requests are slashed. The agency said it would shut down the Schools & Libraries Corp., a nonprofit company it created last year that has drawn fire for allegedly turning a blind eye to excessive school funding requests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1998
The June 10 editorial, "Reboot School-Internet Effort," rests upon the faulty premise that the "E-rate" program invites fraud and waste with no audit checks to guard against such abuses. First, no money has been given to schools or libraries yet. And, secondly, the Schools and Libraries Corp. has put in place a number of measures to guard against potential abuses, such as creating a program integrity review unit that will review applications before money is committed to ensure that the money will be used appropriately, and a post-funding audit process.
NEWS
May 6, 1998 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton administration, which vowed six years ago to wire the nation's schools and libraries to the Internet, is poised to finally launch the ambitious program, but it is facing serious financial and political pitfalls. The Federal Communications Commission, which oversees a large part of the program, is expected to act as early as Friday to authorize the first spending for equipment.
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