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Subsidies for rural phones criticized

By Alan Yonan Jr.

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 11, 2013

~~<p>The Federal Communications Commission has fallen short in its effort to reform a government program that subsidizes telephone service in rural areas, including Hawaiian Home Lands, according to a report released Wednesday by a Las Vegas-based think tank.</p>
<p>The Alliance for Generational Equity, which refers to itself as a nonpartisan advocacy group, said the FCC's newly imposed cap on the amount that companies like Hono&shy;lulu-based Sandwich Isles Communications can receive from the ratepayer-funded Universal Service Fund doesn't go far enough.</p>
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The Federal Communications Commission has fallen short in its effort to reform a government program that subsidizes telephone service in rural areas, including Hawaiian Home Lands, according to a report released Wednesday by a Las Vegas-based think tank.

The Alliance for Generational Equity, which refers to itself as a nonpartisan advocacy group, said the FCC's newly imposed cap on the amount that companies like Hono­lulu-based Sandwich Isles Communications can receive from the ratepayer-funded Universal Service Fund doesn't go far enough. Login for more...



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