Successfully used in the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it empowered the "Tyrant" to rip the still beating BlackBerry from Hawfreak's hands and (re)distribute it to the undeserving (and likely less melanin-challenged).
"In November 2003, nationwide telephone penetration among low-income households
with incomes below $10,000 was 84.0 percent. The nationwide telephone penetration rate for all
households at the same time was 94.7 percent. States that have taken full advantage of federal
universal service support for low-income consumers saw an average growth in telephone
penetration for low-income households of over 4 percent from March 1997 to March 2003. In
contrast, states that did not provide Lifeline support beyond the basic federal support
experienced an average growth in telephone penetration rates of less than 1 percent.8 In 2003,
over 6.6 million subscribers paid reduced local rates under the Lifeline program. The Link Up
America program, which supports affordable connections to the network, has connected over
16.2 million telephone subscribers since 1987.
The Commission’s rules are designed to satisfy the 1996 Act's mandates that rates be
"affordable" and access should be provided to "low-income consumers" in all regions of the
nation. The rules also make the contribution to and distribution of low-income support
competitively and technologically neutral by requiring equitable and nondiscriminatory
contributions from all providers of interstate telecommunications services, and by allowing all
eligible telecommunications carriers, including wireless carriers, to receive support for offering
Lifeline and Link Up service."
Another Urban Legend like the canard about Bush the Lesser spending over 1000 days of his pResidency "cutting brush" with Pedro and Luiz on his TV set "ranch", or the myth that #$%$ Cheney shot his lawyer buddy in the face while stewed to the gills on Orbit at some "release and kill" "huntin'" ranch.
TRUTH FOR THE LIBERALS ONE WRITER SUMS IT UP BELOW
"Our country is completely, entirely, and thoroughly broke. In fact, we’re in worst fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece. We have fantastically large expenditures coming due in the form of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments to the baby boom generations – I.O.U.s, which we’ve conveniently kept off the books"
AND NOT TO BLAME OBAMA WHEN THE NATIONAL DEBT WENT UP 64% UNDER HIS WATCH IS ABSURD