E-Rate Program Taking Heat
Abuse could jeapordize school funding
by cybrog6 01:36PM Friday Jun 18 2004
Financed via your money and designed to help bring internet connectivity to the classroom, the FCC managed E-rate program
is taking considerable heat for mismanagement and perhaps even fraud, reports CNN
and the Christian Science Monitor
. School officials in Puerto Rico spent $101 million and managed to wire only nine schools, while accusations are flying regarding price-rigging and other assorted instances of waste and fraud. Of 122 audits done over the past year, about a third revealed substantial violations, according to the inspector general of the Federal Communications Commission.
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Re: USF On this issue, I can say in all Fairness.... "I told you so."
Right from the beginning, this program BEGGED to be bottomless moneypit and rife with fraud... and lo and behold.....
I mean, imagine if someone offered you a deal like this:
"We need you to administer and manage our program. You are not allowed to make any profit, however, we will cover all your costs. Just let us know if you need a bigger budget to cover your costs.... just bill us, we'll cover your expenses."
I'd take a job like that in a heartbeat. Because, they pay all my costs... and I decide what my costs are.
"Regulatory capitalism is when companies invest in lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians, instead of plant, people, and customer service." - former FCC Chairman William Kennard (A real FCC Chairman, unlike the current Corporate Spokesperson in the job!)