Schools and libraries can begin applying for 2009-10 e-Rate discounts on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and they'll have until 11:59 EST on Thursday, Feb. 12, to submit all necessary Form 471 application materials, says the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co., the agency that administers the program.

In recent years, the e-Rate filing window has opened toward the beginning of November. This year's filing window opens later than usual. And while that won't affect the amount of time schools and libraries will have to apply for their share of $2.25 billion in telecommunications discounts, it could affect...

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