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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

ESL at last

So the Eligible Services List is out at last. The FCC did some good things.

First, VoIP is eligible. Now schools can get E-Rate funding for Vonage. Actually, what seems more likely to me is schools getting local service with no message units through their ISP.

Blackberries are eligible. Now districts can rethink their wireless plans, since they can now get E-Rate funding for wireless Internet service for their mobile devices.

Web hosting looks to be more restricted. The new list seems to be much more restrictive on what's allowed as Web hosting. An entire industry has popped up to provide value-added Web hosting to schools, and the E-Rate has helped. If the definition of Web hosting is narrowed, look for that industry to implode.

More tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5:44 PM

    It's about time! - Good work in all your reporting!