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So Much For the Universal Service Fund

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member


    Digital age slow to reach rural areas.
  2. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Re: So Much For the Gore Tax

    I read nothing about Gore in that story.
  3. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Re: So Much For the Gore Tax

    Of course you didn't.
  4. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Re: So Much For the Gore Tax

    I do not think that word means what you think it means.
  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Re: So Much For the Gore Tax

    Well, there was this cool movie called Urban Cowboy, in which John Travolta is the most unlikely good ole boy. Does that count? I understand that Al Gore liked that movie. Not as much as Love Story, but it's a close second.
  6. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Re: So Much For the Gore Tax

    And all the Gore/Internet stuff has certainly attained urban legend status.
  7. Mark McGwire

    Mark McGwire Member

    Re: So Much For the Gore Tax

    Let the bears pay the bear tax. I pay the Homer tax.
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Re: So Much For the Gore Tax

    Yes - I misspoke - meant rural. We've been paying the gore tax since 1996 on our phone bills. I would have thought by now the digital divide would have been narrowed.
    Where is all this tax going? Certainly the phone and cable companies are making millions.
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Of all the lobbies that have Congress by the balls, probably none has a tighter grip than telecommunication. More than Israel, oil or the banks. The ability to communicate is the only true ability a pol really has. People who hold the power over communication terrify them.
  10. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    Seems to me the problem isn't the tax - it's telcom's refusal to build infrastructure in low-profit areas even when subsidized to do so. The genius of the free market at work!
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    So, telephone companies need to upgrade their infrastructure to offer high speed internet, right?

    What about cable companies? If the area is wired for cable, does that mean they can offer high speed internet, or would they also have to upgrade infrastructure?

    The article didn't make it clear.
  12. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Compounded by the FCC not holding telecoms feet to the fire. Obviously the tax has not been used to it's fullest.

    Interesting thing is that cable companies are not subject to the tax- even for phone and high speed internet.
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