Finland makes broadband access a legal right

Marshall Eubanks tme at
Thu Jul 1 21:33:57 CDT 2010

On Jul 1, 2010, at 6:17 PM, William Herrin wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 8:04 AM, Gadi Evron <ge at> wrote:
> In the US, the Communications Act of 1934 brought about the creation
> of the "Universal Service Fund." The idea, more or less, was that
> every phone line customer contributed to the fund (you'll find it
> itemized on your phone bill) and the phone companies had to charge the
> same for every phone line regardless of where delivered in their
> territory but when initially installing an unusually difficult
> (expensive) phone line the phone company was entitled to reimburse its
> cost from the fund.
> In 1996 a certain inventor of the Internet decided that the universal
> service fund needed to pay for PCs in rural schools (the "E-Rate"
> program) instead of improving rural communications...

Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) invented the Internet ?


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