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Short Take: Legislators request FCC details about slowdown of Net program

Two key lawmakers have asked the Federal Communications Commission for details regarding its December 16 decision to slow the start-up of its program to wire schools and libraries. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Rep. Thomas Bliley (R-Virginia), chairmen of the Senate and House commerce committees, respectively, served the FCC with a letter December 19 requesting the information. Both are concerned the decision was not publicly debated before adoption. As part of the decision, long distance companies will pay lower fees than expected to subsidize the program.

    Two key lawmakers have asked the Federal Communications Commission for details regarding its December 16 decision to slow the start-up of its program to wire schools and libraries. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Rep. Thomas Bliley (R-Virginia), chairmen of the Senate and House commerce committees, respectively, served the FCC with a letter December 19 requesting the information. Both are concerned the decision was not publicly debated before adoption. As part of the decision, long distance companies will pay lower fees than expected to subsidize the program.