"'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.'"

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Original Posting: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-14/-like-taxing-horseshoes-landlines-wane-sap-u-s-broadband-aid

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