Issued: 02/09/2007

WASHINGTON — A federal jury in McAllen, Texas, convicted the former president and owner of ATE Tel Solutions Inc., which does business as ATE Telecom Solutions Inc. (ATE Tel), on seven of nine counts of wire fraud in a scheme to defraud the federal E-Rate program, the Department of Justice announced today. Rafael G. Adame was convicted of submitting fraudulent applications for payment on behalf of ATE Tel to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The indictment against Adame was returned on Dec. 6, 2006.

Issued: 12/06/2006

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings is calling on the Baltimore school system to immediately resolve its problems with the federal E-Rate program, which provides discounts on technology to poor schools and libraries.

Issued: 12/05/2006

The Baltimore school system is embroiled in a controversy over whether a consultant it plans to hire to help secure more money from a federal school technology program has a conflict of interest.

Issued: 06/27/2006

WASHINGTON – The state of Indiana and the Intelenet Commission, an entity controlled by the state of Indiana, have agreed to pay the United States nearly $8.3 million as a civil settlement relating to allegations of making false claims and false statements in connection with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) E-Rate program, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced today.

Issued: 04/20/2006

A former South Carolina school official has been indicted on mail and wire fraud charges in connection with a U.S. government program intended to bring the Internet to schools and libraries in poor areas, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Issued: 02/09/2006

The federal government's ongoing probe into E-Rate fraud nabbed another conviction Wednesday with the guilty plea of California-based Premio, which agreed to $400,000 in criminal fines and $1.3 million in restitution as part of the civil settlement.

Issued: 12/07/2005

Congress has extended for an additional year an exemption of budget rules governing the federal E-rate program, which supports telecommunications services in schools and libraries. A one-year exemption passed in 2004 was scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

Issued: 09/21/2005

The FCC issued the following Order addressing waivers on filing various forms, including SPIs.

Issued: 07/13/2005

The Federal Communications Commission is studying a raft of potential changes to the $2.25 billion E-rate discount program, which helps schools afford telecommunications and Internet access. The program has been dogged for several years in Congress by controversy over whether it is prone to waste and fraud.

Issued: 06/01/2005

Requests for eRate discounts have fallen for the second straight year. Nearly 40,000 applicants requested a total of $3.65 billion in funding discounts in 2005, down about $600,000--or 15 percent--from last year, according to the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC).