Monday, March 15, 2004 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Universal Service in an Age of Skype

To Bob Crandall's delight, I am increasingly puzzled how universal service subsidies can be maintained in a world of Skype-like(with its 8.9 million-plus downloads) and Free World Dialup-like VoIP. What do you assess to get your subsidy? Numbers? No money there. Inter- and intra-state telecommunications revenue? Nor there either. And how do you track it down? If Kazaa knows anything, it is impenetrable "catch me if you can" corporate structures. Is USF as we know it doomed? And who is going to tell those square state Senators?

posted by Ray Gifford @ 11:54 PM | General