Reform E-Rate and ditch the rest... Simple solution to the E-Rate program, just narrow it down to what it was suppose to be for, to enable Internet access at schools and libraries. Right now, schools can purchase servers, workstations, switches, access points, etc. on the program. Eliminate the ability to do that and you fix most of what is wrong with E-Rate.
"This is a bus. You know how big a bus is?"
Amen. When I went to one of the lame training sessions, I was appalled to find out what you could and could not claim as eligible items. It appeared to me they have no idea what DNS, DHCP, email etc... really are. I could claim money for the hardware for a DNS server if it provided access to the district. It would be so easy to bilk them. Like I have an entire blade dedicated to just DNS for one school??? What the heck would happen if we virtualized things? How am I going to claim and document that? Then the whole VoIP thing is a mess. Can't claim the hardware but can claim the services? Joke.
You're right, use it for what it is intended for.