Net Funding Brawl

-- Federal plans to give schools and libraries discounted Internet service are hitting new snags in the Senate. Republicans and Democrats from farm states, including Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), fear the low-cost program will eat into another subsidy to hold down local phone rates in remote rural areas. The lawmakers, worried that the Net subsidy could cost more than $2 billion a year, are mulling legislation that would shrink the funding.

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