FCC adds wireless services, voice mail to Schools and Libraries Program

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday added wireless services and voice mail to the list of services that can be funded through its Universal Service Fund Schools and Libraries Program.

The commission also approved simplified application and billing processes for the program.

The Schools and Libraries Program, also known as the E-Rate Program, subsidizes discounted access to telecommunications services, Internet access and related equipment. The funds come from fees paid by telecommunications carriers.

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