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What is the "Universal Service Fund" on your phone bill?

A very interesting story on a site I can't say that I've ever been to before: The Center for Public Integrity. The headline: "Phone fund for schools, libraries riddled with fraud." Apparently the Universal Service Fund is supposed to be used to help schools and libraries get online. Every year, $2.25 billion go into that program. But more and more, a good chunk of that money is lining the pockets of executives and not being put back into schools or libraries. Let's see...$2.25 billion divided by 50-states equals $50 million. Put that into the general school funding for the states. It won't entirely fund schools, but it will certainly help.

Posted by Jake on 01/10/03 @ 10:57 AM
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