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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

2-in-5 is 0-5

I'm a little late in commenting on this, since I'm facing a flurry of audits.

USAC released its demand estimate for 2009-2010, and once again, the "2-in-5 Rule" (which says that applicants can only purchase Internal Connections twice in a 5-year period) has failed. The stated purpose of the rule was to decrease demand, but it just doesn't work.

This year the Internal Connections demand among 90% schools is down significantly from last year, but still above 2007 levels. There was a big bump in demand in 2008, and now we have returned to the steady increase in demand which we've seen since the 2-in-5 Rule took effect.

I'm thinking that this year's denial threshold will be low (60%?) because USAC has a big pile of money sitting around ready to be rolled over, but I give the 2-in-5 Rule no credit for that.

I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again and again): the 2-in-5 Rule must go.

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