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Closing the Gap: Universal Service for Low-Income
Households

 

August 2000

 

Subject:

 

Low-Income, Markets (Residential), Services, Survey, Universal Service

 

Full Paper          Executive Summary          NARUC Resolution

 

Overview:

Part of a series on universal service, Closing the Gap, provides data and practical solutions for policy discussions on connections for every U.S. citizen to the nations' networks.  This paper focuses on monthly support for telecommunications services for low-income households (Lifeline service).  At a minimum, these households are 12% of total U.S. households.

 
The results in this paper are from a survey of all the states with a 100% response.  Closing the Gap, indicates that states that go beyond the national guidelines increase their percent of eligible low-income subscribers with telephone service.  Results show two factors that increase subscription of eligible households.  A list of workable solutions based on current state practices includes most the effective, least-cost solutions.

 

 

 

 

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