South Africa’s Icasa hears arguments on e-rate discount to schools

By bne IntelliNews February 23, 2010
The IndependentCommunications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will hear, Mar 4 and 5,industry-player arguments on the 50% e-rate discount to schools and sometertiary institutions, which made smaller Internet providers ineligible forreduced rates from up-stream network suppliers, TechCentral reported. Icasaproposes a change so that every part of the communications value chain, bothservice and network providers, will give public schools, some independentschools and public further education and training colleges the 50% discount. GMof the Internet Service Providers Association, Ant Brooks, says the new regulationswill be a bureaucratic nightmare, although at least smaller service providerswill no longer have to subsidise Telkom. Hed prefer to replace the e-rate withdirect funding for schools.

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