Friday, August 16, 2013
Obama wants FCC to hike cell phone user fees more to fund public school broadband everywhere
Conservatives are berating President Obama about a plan to get the FCC to prod for a new cell phone tax to help fund broadband for all public schools, New American story here.
The FCC would hike the E-rate fee, which would add about $12 per cell phone user over three years. Playing Robin Hood? There is plenty of socialism in the telecommunications fee tax structure already, but at the local level it adds up, affecting low income consumers.
I was a substitute teacher a few years ago, and even then, the upper income school districts had quite advanced technology. I remember playing with Google Earth in a school library before I got it myself.