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Issued: 7/25/2003

The Task Force on the Prevention of Waste, Fraud and Abuse held its third meeting on June 25-26, 2003. The primary goal of the third meeting was to continue to review and refine Task Force recommendations and to permit more extended time to discuss addressing waste, fraud and abuse issues through a revision of the discount matrix and/or by imposing some sort of ceiling on funding requests.

Issued: 7/23/2003

On July 11, 2003, the Schools and Libraries Committee of the USAC Board authorized the SLD to lower the threshold for funding Internal Connections for Funding Year 2003 to 85%. This authorization was effective for Wave 8 of Funding Commitments to be released on July 28.

Issued: 6/30/2003

In this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announces that the Commission's current suspension of rules concerning libraries' compliance with Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) filtering requirements remains in effect until the Commission acts or the recent Supreme Court decision, U.S. v. American Library Association, becomes effective, whichever comes first.

Issued: 6/23/2003

Two forms of federal assistance help public libraries provide patrons with Internet access: discounted rates under the E-rate program and grants under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Issued: 6/23/2003

(Toronto) The American Library Association (ALA) today expressed disappointment in today's very narrow decision from the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Children's Internet Protection Act.