Verizon Public Policy on Netflix

Miles Fidelman mfidelman at
Fri Jul 11 21:49:18 UTC 2014

William Herrin wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM, Miles Fidelman
> <mfidelman at> wrote:
>> Then again, I've often argued that the "universal service fund" used to
>> subsidize rural carriers - which the large telcos always scream about - is
>> legitimate, because when we pick up the phone and "dial," we're paying for
>> the ability to reach people, not just empty dial-tone.
> The USF worked great until the Clinton administration re-purposed it
> to buy computers for rural schools. Now it's just another tax.
> Before that, the basic idea was that every phone line paid in a fixed
> amount every month and then when a phone company installed an
> expensive rural line, they recovered the excess cost from the fund.
> This made high-density urban lines cost neutral compared to low
> density rural lines, making rural service desirable for the service
> provider.

Agree - a better idea in theory than practice.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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