Because in the U.S., every phone service carrier collects a "Universal Service Fund" fee, something in the range of 1.7% (think of how much is spent on phone service by the entire country over the course of the year- that's a shitload of dough!). This is (almost universally, by practice, not mandate) collected from the consumer, passed on to Uncle Sam, and in turn reapportioned out to local service carriers for the purpose of implementing phone service in high-cost areas, or to people who couldn't otherwise afford it (along with a few other semi-related pork-barrel provisions).Guido said:
Why should the phone company be expected to spend the money?
I'd pay money for someone to take the phone off my desk
What? you have a phone in your classroom? that's weird :confusedJester27 said:+1
I put my office phone in my closet and screwed up the wires in the wall socket The phone in my classroom is turned off, so no one can get ahold of me unless they physically come to my office or call another teacher. I hate having a phone at work
You also have to realize....Guido said:lanispet your post sheds new light on the subject. If the money was collected for that reason then it should be used for that reason. I didn't realize there was such a fund and thought the phone company was expected to cover the costs out of their profit.
If they're that poor I wonder how they're going to pay for their phone bill. Or will the other phone customers foot that bill too? If they're basic needs are subsidized for them then I guess there is no incentive for them to better themselves. But that's a whole other topic.