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  •  Hang on - rural phone service is subsidized (2+ / 0-)
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    ChadmanFL, zaka1

    Rural phone and internet service is subsidized through the Universal Service Fund by charges that the rest of us pay on our phone bills.

     Wikipedia - Universal Service Fund

    In some cases the subsidy is so great that the users pay little or no fees.   If the major phone companies want out of the rural business then fine let them turn it over to one of the small companies willing to provide it, but if what they are really trying to do is up the fees they charge, then no way.

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:06:10 PM PDT

    •  But did you catch the (2+ / 0-)
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      Brown Thrasher, Amber6541

      sentence that reads:

      On October 27, 2011, the FCC approved a six-year transfer process that would transition money from the Universal Service Fund to a new $4.5 billion a year Connect America Fund for broadband Internet expansion, effectively putting an end to the USF by 2018
      So are the companies trying to make up lost revenue because the USF is going to end.  We pay for that subsidy on every phone bill, it is billed as a tax.  Typical of the companies to screw the people as a way to get politicians to give them what they want in legislation.

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 01:47:12 PM PDT

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