"'Like taxing horseshoes': Landlines wane, sap U.S. broadband aid" June 14, 2021
Date: June 14, 2021
Outlet: Bloomberg News
Written By: Todd Shields
Excerpt: "As more Americans cut the cord on traditional landline phones, a government program that subsidizes internet service to poor communities is in danger of collapsing because it relies on taxes from dwindling long-distance calling fees...
The rate jumped by more than half in the past year, raising fears of more hikes soon. Victims would include 'the low-income consumers who are stuck with traditional phone services,' said John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition.
'The need for reform is urgent,' said Windhausen, whose group works to bring broadband to community institutions. 'Otherwise there is a risk the entire universal service system will collapse.'"