Life Line Support For Low Income Customers

The Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates. Similar programs have existed since at least 1985. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 reiterated their importance by including the principle that "consumers in all regions of the nation, including low income consumers . . . should have access to telecommunications and information services . . ."

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